International påvirkning ! som lokal oversættelse: En politisk analyse af OECD’s indflydelse på " styringen af den danske folkeskole

Sabrina Drevsfeldt & Nina Bach Andersen

Student thesis: Master thesis


Both in research literature and the media an image is drawn of the OECD as a controlling judge that to a very large extent decides how the Danish school system and in particular the teacher profession should be designed. With this thesis we wish to problematize the view of OECD as being able to directly dictate school governance and the perception of the teacher profession within The Ministry of Education and among Danish teachers without any degree of self-determination from these actors. Our overall interest is therefore to examine how the OECD can be said to have influenced the communication about the teacher profession at the Ministry of Education and among Danish schoolteachers. Based on Niklas Luhmann’s systems theory and the concept of structural couplings we introduce a view of international influence as a result of active translations on national and local premises. We observe how both the ministry and the teachers form the communication about the teacher profession in ways that are comparable with the ways of OECD, but because the ministry and the teachers solve the inner tensions in OECD’s communication based on dominating perceptions in their own systems the influence results in rather different ways of constructing and managing the teacher. We observe a relatively direct policy based governance at the OECD, a neoliberal form of managing at the Ministry of Education and an organization and interaction based managing among the teachers. Our analysis then can teach us that international influence does not cancel national and local self-determination but activates it in a way that results in different ways of governing. In the thesis we discuss our findings with prominent debaters and researchers who either see international influence as an expression of force from international organizations or as network based dictation on a policy level. We claim that these debaters are in risk of missing the influence that happens as active translations on the specific conditions of certain organizations and actors. Political influence that does not happen as a clear transferring of the OECD’s ideologies is thereby hard to identify and investigate for the debaters and researchers The consequence is that the result of the influence, which in this case is a question of different governing techniques, avoids criticism and examination.

EducationsMSocSc in Political Communication and Managment, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
Publication date2013
Number of pages143