Journal article

Practices of scalecraft and the reassembling of political boundaries: the contested nature of national schooling reform in the Australian federation

Glenn C Savage, Elisa Di Gregorio, Bob Lingard

Policy Studies | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2021


This article contributes new insights to research on the socio-spatial dynamics of policy production by synthesizing the concepts of “policy assemblage” and “scalecraft”. By conceptualizing scale as socially-crafted rather than pre-existing (a priori), we argue that assemblage and scalecraft provide generative means for examining how scale is imagined and assembled, and the boundary dynamics associated with these processes. To make this argument, we focus empirically on changes to the governance of schooling policy in the Australian federation over the past two decades. We argue that despite being a federation in which subnational (state and territory) governments maintain responsibility for..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by Australian Research Council: [grant number DE160100197].