Power over, with and through : another look at micropolitics

Smeed, Judy L., Kimber, Megan, Millwater, Jan, & Ehrich, Lisa C. (2009) Power over, with and through : another look at micropolitics. Leading & Managing, 15(1), pp. 26-41.


Understanding micropolitics has become an important part of understanding leadership and power relations within schools. In this paper we review some of the pertinent literature and writing in the field, particularly as it relates to school leadership. Drawing on a couple of existing models, we present a new model that highlights three central power-based leadership approaches—‘power with’, ‘power through’ and ‘power over’. We put forward two contrasting vignettes that reveal a variety of micropolitical strategies used by school principals in the governance of their schools. These strategies range from favouritism and control at one end to empowerment and collaboration at the other. The vignettes are analysed in the light of the model and micropolitical literature presented in this article.

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ID Code: 27643
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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ISSN: 1329-4539
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 The Australian Council for Educational Leaders
Deposited On: 30 Sep 2009 21:47
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2016 03:02

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