Corporatizing the 'intellectual machinery' of government : the case of educational policy in Australia

O'Brien, Peter C. & O'Brien, Elizabeth M. (2014) Corporatizing the 'intellectual machinery' of government : the case of educational policy in Australia. Journal of Strategic and International Studies, 9(6), pp. 66-72.

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This article analyses what it describes as the corporatization of the ‘intellectual machinery’ of government: the theories, knowledges, research and ‘know how’ utilized by political authorities to render the world thinkable, programmable and subject to intervention. Through an analysis of two key nodal points in national policy on teacher professional standards in Australia over the last decade, the article discloses a shift in the relation between expertise and politics. This is manifested, it is argued, in an increased reliance by policy authorities on corporatized forms of research produced by national and international private consulting firms, Think Tanks, and ‘policy entrepreneurs’ and a concomitant decrease in their reliance on free research produced largely by academics in institutions of higher education. The article seeks to account for this shift in terms of the ‘advanced liberal’ formula for rule which now characterizes government in contemporary Western polities.

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ID Code: 79156
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Governmentality, Education Policy, Advanced Liberalism, Social Policy, HERN
ISSN: 2326-3636
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Sociology of Education (160809)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Institute of Strategic and International Studies
Deposited On: 02 Dec 2014 23:20
Last Modified: 04 Dec 2014 21:30

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