New Localism or Fuzzy Centralism: Policymakers’ Perceptions of Public Education and Involvement in Education

43 Local Government Studies 598-620, 2017

Posted: 21 Apr 2020

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Nivi Gal-Arieli

Oranim Academic College

Itai Beeri

University of Haifa

Eran Vigoda-Gadot

University of Haifa; University of Haifa

Amnon Reichman

University of Haifa - Faculty of Law

Date Written: 2017

Abstract

This research examines local authority involvement in education as a function of local policymakers’ perceptions of education as a public service – namely, whether public education is for the benefit of society as a whole, or for individual students and parents. Perceptions of education and involvement in education were assessed through 107 questionnaires returned by mayors and heads of local education departments in Israel. The results show that

(1) local policymakers tend to perceive public education as a general public service, and

(2) the relationship between this perception and involvement in education varies with the locality’s centre-periphery status.

In peripheral localities, perceiving education as a general public service and an understanding of ‘society’ as the local community leads to greater involvement in education. In central localities, involvement rose with a more individualized perception. Implications of the findings are discussed in line with viewing education in the spirit of new localism.

Keywords: Local Education Policy, General Versus Individual Public Service, New Localism, Local Governance, Fuzzy Centralism, Local Policymakers’ Perceptions

Suggested Citation

Gal-Arieli, Nivi and Beeri, Itai and Vigoda-Gadot, Eran and Reichman, Amnon, New Localism or Fuzzy Centralism: Policymakers’ Perceptions of Public Education and Involvement in Education (2017). 43 Local Government Studies 598-620, 2017, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3561551

Nivi Gal-Arieli

Oranim Academic College ( email )

HaOranim
Kiryat Tiv'on, 36006
Israel

Itai Beeri

University of Haifa ( email )

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University of Haifa ( email )

Haifa
Israel

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Amnon Reichman (Contact Author)

University of Haifa - Faculty of Law ( email )

Mount Carmel
Haifa, 31905
Israel

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