In the past decade, post-structural policy analysis in education has evolved, primarily focusing on disrupting dominant narratives about education policy research, development and implementation, and the aims and outcomes of the policy-research nexus. This book originates from an ‘Education Policy Analysis for a Complex World’ workshop held in conjunction with the University of British Columbia and sponsored by a Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Connection Grant. The workshop focused on one over-arching question: To what extent can post-structural theories offer innovative policy analyses, and contribute to new forms of policy development and implementation? The chapters in this collection provide responses from the participants of the workshop, and serve as illustrations of the broad range of scholarship that may be identified as post-structural policy analysis. This book was originally published as a special issue of Critical Studies in Education.

chapter 1|16 pages

The subject of policy

ByPeter Bansel

chapter 6|13 pages

Contracting race: writing, racism, and education

ByZeus Leonardo

chapter 8|15 pages

Assembling, disassembling and reassembling ‘youth services’ in Austerity Britain

ByDeborah Youdell, Ian McGimpsey

chapter 9|16 pages

A feel for numbers: affect, data and education policy

BySam Sellar

chapter 11|14 pages

Policy scientificity 3.0: theory and policy analysis in-and-for this world and other-worlds

ByP. Taylor Webb, Kalervo N. Gulson