Policy issues surrounding processes of centralization and decentralization in European education systems

H.W.C. Gonnie van Amelsvoort, Jaap Scheerens

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Abstract

Four levels of authority within the educational decision‐making structure in seven European countries and states for primary and lower secondary education are analyzed. Next, the results of an investigation on loci, domains and modes of decision making are presented, indicating a slightly higher degree of school autonomy in England/Wales, the Netherlands and Sweden than in the other countries and states. A more evaluative assessment shows that democratization, market orientation, recession and general aims of improving the quality and equality of education are important background forces in shifting patterns of centralization and decentralization in the investigated countries and states.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)340-363
JournalEducational research and evaluation
Volume3
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1997

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