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NEW EVENT: 'Deconstructing Governance: Making the Familiar Strange’

Date: 22nd April 2021
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Where: Online

We would like to invite you to join our next BELMAS RIG event, and we are delighted to invite Andrew Wilkins from Goldsmiths, University of London, to share his latest research with us. He will be focusing on ‘Deconstructing governance: Making the familiar strange’. For more information about his contribution, please see the abstract enclosed. We look forward to welcoming you to the event.

Kind Regards,

Lizana Oberholzer
G&G RIG Convenor


14.00 Welcome
14.10 Updates on Governing and Governance News
14.15 Speaker
14.45 Discussion Panel
15.00 Breakout Rooms – discussing key questions
15.30  Sharing reflections
16.00 Plenary



Andrew Wilkins, Goldsmiths, University of London,


Deconstructing governance: Making the familiar strange

Despite its apparent seamlessness and uncomplicated construction within supranational and national policy discourses, the term governance is a notoriously fiddly concept both politically and normatively. While it is common for supranational organisations and national governments to frame governance in evaluative-functionalist terms to mean improvements to the quality of regulation, usually with a focus on strengthening processes and outcomes that mitigate ‘governance failure’, the normative and political constructions of governance are more readily apparent through the application of theory.  In this talk I use applied theory taken from a range of theoretical perspectives, including Gramscian (Davies 2012), deliberative-interactive (Kooiman 2003) and interpretivist-constructivist (Bevir and Rhodes 2006) approaches, among others, to make explicit the range of epistemological and normative commitments and possibilities made possible by the concept of governance.

Short bio

Andrew Wilkins is Reader in Education Policy and Co-director of Research in the Department of Educational Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London.  Andrew is Associate Regional Editor (Europe) for Journal of Education Policy and serves on the editorial board for British Journal of Sociology of Education, The Australian Educational Researcher and Journal of Applied Social Theory. His recent books include Modernising School Governance (Routledge 2016) and Education Governance and Social Theory (Bloomsbury 2018).

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