Power, Bureaucracy and Ideology in Educational Governance

Year: 1986

Author: Angus, Lawrence, Rizvi, Fazal

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

With reference to educational governance in Victoria, the paper examines the nature of bureaucracy and, more particularly, ways of thinking about bureaucracy, which might appear to be challenged by mandatory participative processes and government endorsed rhetoric of devolution of central authority to regions and local schools. The paper concludes that, in circumstance such as the current restructuring of Victorian education, substantial change is limited because participation is largely contained within a framework of power relationships and ways of operating that have been largely established by entrenched structures of bureaucracy. To allow power to be more accessible to participants at all levels, these structures would need to be challenged.