Wilkins, A. and Olmedo, A. (eds) (2018) Education governance and social theory: Interdisciplinary approaches to research. Bloomsbury: London

Wilkins, A. (2016) Modernising school governance: Corporate planning and expert handling in state education. Foreword by Stephen J. Ball. Routledge: London and New York. Awarded joint-second prize by the Society for Educational Studies (SES) for books published in 2016.


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‘Andrew Wilkins has made a major contribution through his forensic analysis of school governors as local regulators of an increasingly dysfunctional education market. The privatisation turn in education reforms from the 1980s onwards has had major implications for the type, role and contribution of school governors, and Wilkins captures this brilliantly. The project clearly puts the need for democratic renewal further up the agenda, where the ordinary citizen is losing out to preferred experts’.
Professor Helen Gunter, Sarah Fielden Professor of Education, University of Manchester
‘Andrew Wilkins’ work on governance is required reading for anyone who wants to understand the government’s most significant education policy: the academies scheme’.
Warwick Mansell, Guardian columnist and NAHT and Cambridge Primary Review Trust blogger
‘In this perceptive study of the changing role of school governors in England, Andrew Wilkins provides a timely analysis of emerging governance patterns in the modern state and the thinning of the notion of democratic accountability’.
Professor Donald Gillies, Dean of the School of Education, University of the West of Scotland
‘Andrew Wilkins delivers a considered treatment on school provision and governance in contemporary England with a particular emphasis on the ways that policy logics of accountability, responsibilisation and business become entangled, and in that entanglement produce and/or reinforce regimes of veridiction. The analysis is surehanded and sophisticated, and weaves together political science, sociology of education, policy studies and governmentality theory. It has an international appeal as much of what Wilkins outlines here is recognisable or emerging in many countries around the world. This book is essential reading for academics, postgraduate students and educational professionals interested in education policy, governance and the privatisation of public education’.
Greg Thompson, Associate Professor of Education, Queensland University of Technology
‘Andrew Wilkins’ work has already challenged some of the comfortable platitudes of the world of school governing: drawing attention, for example, to the “democratic deficit” in English schools that is still not recognised by some leading proponents of governance’.
Nigel Gann, Education consultant and Director of Hamdon Education
‘Modernising School Governance has a powerful presence as a communicative and interpretive text that raises our awareness of the screened activities which remove democratic processes and silence critical voices’.
Miranda Matthews, Lecturer in Art and Education, Goldsmiths, University of London


Wilkins, A. (2018) Assembling schools as organisations: On the limits and contradictions of neoliberalism. In M. Connolly, C. James, S. Kruse, and D.E. Spicer (eds) SAGE International Handbook on School Organization. Sage: London



Wilkins, A. (2017) Creating expert publics: A governmentality approach to school governance under neo-liberalism.  In S. Courtney, R. McGinity and H. Gunter (eds) Educational leadership: professional practice in neoliberal times. Routledge: London and New York, pp. 97-110


9781447326809-233436-800x600Wilkins, A. (2017) The business of governorship: Corporate elitism in public education. In Helen M Gunter, David Hall and Michael W Apple (eds) Corporate Elites and the Reform of Education. Policy Press: Bristol, pp. 161-176



Layout 1Wilkins, A. (2016) Gobernanza escolar y la lógica de la política neoliberal. ¿Qué puede hacer la democracia?. In J. Collet-Sabé and A. Tort (eds.) La governanza escolar democrática: Más allá de los modelos neoliberal y neoconservador. Morata: Madrid, pp. 84-100


neoliberalismWilkins, A. (2014) Affective labour and neoliberal fantasies: The gendered and moral economy of school choice in EnglandIn M. Vandenbeld Giles (ed.) Mothering in the Age of Neoliberalism. Demeter Press: Bradford, Ontario, pp. 265-282




Wilkins, A. (2012) (Guest editor) Pedagogy of the consumer: The politics of neo-liberal reform. Special issue Part 1: Neoliberalism, Pedagogy and the Curriculum: A Global Perspective. Journal of Pedagogy, 3 (2), 161-17

Wilkins, A. (2012) (Guest editor) Shades of Freire: Exorcising the spectre haunting pedagogy.  Special Issue Part 2: Neoliberalism, Pedagogy and the Curriculum: A Global Perspective. Journal of Pedagogy, 4 (1), 5-10


Wilkins, A. (2017) Crafting neoliberalism: Politics, power and the co-operative school movementInternational Journal of Inclusive Education. Special Issue: Co-operative schools: values and leadership in difficult times. Under review

Wilkins, A. (2017) Rescaling the local: Multi-academy trusts, private monopoly and statecraft in England. Journal of Educational Administration and History, 49 (2), 171-185

Olmedo, A. & Wilkins, A. (2017) Governing through parents: a genealogical enquiry of education policy and the construction of neoliberal subjectivities in England. Discourse: Studies in Cultural Politics of Education, 38 (4), 573-589. ‘Editor’s choice’ May 2017.

Wilkins, A. (2015) Professionalising school governance: The disciplinary effects of school autonomy and inspection on the changing role of school governors. Journal of Education Policy, 30 (2), 182-200

Wilkins, A. & Burke, PJ. (2015) Widening participation in higher education: The role of professional and social class identities and commitments. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 36 (3), 434-452

Olmedo, A. & Wilkins, A. (2014) Gobernar la educación a través de los padres: política educativa y construcción de subjetividades neoliberales en Inglaterra.  Revista Profesorado, 18 (2), 99-116

Wilkins, A. (2013) Libertarian paternalism: Policy and everyday translations of the rational and the affective. Critical Policy Studies, 7 (4), 395-406

Wilkins, A. (2012) Public battles and private takeovers: Academies and the politics of educational governance. Journal of Pedagogy, 3 (1), 11-29

Wilkins, A. (2012) Commodifying diversity: Education and governance in the era of neoliberalism. Human Affairs, 22 (2), 122-130

Wilkins, A. (2012) The spectre of neoliberalism: Pedagogy, gender and the construction of learner identities. Critical Studies in Education, 53 (2), 197-210

Wilkins, A. (2012) Push and pull in the classroom: Gender, competition and the neoliberal subject. Gender and Education, 24 (7), 765-768

Wilkins, A. (2012) School choice and the commodification of education: A visual approach to school brochures and websites. Critical Social Policy. Special Issue: Inequalities and Images: Insights for Policy and Practice, 32 (1), 70-87

Wilkins, A. (2011) School choice, consumerism and the ethical strand in talk. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 32 (3), 357-370

Wilkins, A. (2011) Community and school choice: Geographies of care and responsibility. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 21 (1), 1-13

Wilkins, A. (2010) Citizens and/or consumers: Mutations in the construction of meanings and practices of school choice. Journal of Education Policy, 25 (2), 171-189


Wilkins, A. (2017) Through a glass darkly: The social science look at the neoliberal university by Margaret Thornton (ed.). Journal of Education Policy, 32 (3), 386-387

Wilkins, A. (2015) STEM Strategies: Student ambassadors and equality in higher education by Clare Gartland. Journal of Education Policy, 30 (5), 747-748. 2015

Wilkins, A. (2013) Social Theory and Education Research by Mark Murphy (ed.). Social Theory Applied.

Wilkins, A. (2013) Local Democracy, Civic Engagement and Community: From New Labour to the Big Society by Hugh Atkinson. LSE Review of Books.


Wilkins, A. (2017) School governance: redressing the democratic deficit. Education Uncovered. 19 October.

Wilkins, A. (2016) Should we be worried about controversial government plans to do away with parent governors in schools?. Democratic Audit UK. 23 March

Wilkins, A. (2015) School governors –  Changing the way we do things. School Governors One-Stop Shop (SGOSS). 25 February

Wilkins, A. (2014) Small cliques often take control of school governor boards. The Conversation. 29 October