Monthly Archives: July 2014

Can We Democratise Decisions on Complex Issues?

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Professor Albert Weale FBA (UCL) writes about the challenges of knowledge democratisation Issues like the funding of highly expensive pharmaceutical interventions, new forms of animal breeding, dispersed chemicals in the environment, the genetic modification of plants or the choice among different forms of energy production make for hard public policy decisions. They are highly technical,   …Continue Reading


The travelling inspector? Education policy and the making of Europe

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The travelling inspector is a new phenomenon –although education in Europe has always ‘travelled’, inspectors were firmly rooted and derived influence from their local and authoritative standing as education ‘connoisseurs’. However the creation of SICI, the Standing International Conference of Inspectorates 20 years ago and its increasing influence in bringing school inspectors together across Europe   …Continue Reading


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