When a ‘ruling alliance’ and public sector governance meet: Managing for performance in South African basic education

 

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dc.contributor.author Cameron, Robert
dc.contributor.author Naidoo, Vinothan
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-02T09:07:12Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-02T09:07:12Z
dc.date.issued 2016-07
dc.identifier.citation Cameron, R. & Naidoo, V. (2014). When a ‘ruling alliance’ and public sector governance meet: Managing for performance in South African basic education. ESID Working Paper No. 60. University of Manchester. en_ZA
dc.identifier.isbn 978-1-908749-61-1 en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/21656
dc.description.abstract This paper is one of a series of ESID studies that explore the extent to which the performance of schools can be explained as an outcome of the interactions between, on the one hand, the prevailing political dynamics and, on the other, the characteristics of the prevailing institutional arrangements. The focus of this paper is on the national performance tools in South Africa. When one looks at the arrangements that have been put in place for managing public sector performance since 1994 – across the public service as a whole and specifically within the education sector – they are enormously impressive. But in general these efforts did not translate into strong performance. This paper explores the hypothesis that the answer to this puzzle can be found in the disconnect between, on the one hand, the technocratic orientation of the performance management systems which were introduced and, on the other, a political environment characterised by strong contestation over policy amongst competing stakeholders in the education sector. It is proposed that policies for managing performance in basic education could best be explained as the outcome of a strategic interaction among three sets of actors – technocratically-oriented public officials in the bureaucracy, teacher labour unions (especially SADTU, as the dominant union), and the ANC in its dual role as the top level of the public sector hierarchy and as the primus inter pares within the ‘ruling alliance’. In practice, the political strength of organised labour resulted in national policies which, beneath their surface, fell well short of the aspiration of robust performance management. en_ZA
dc.language eng en_ZA
dc.title When a ‘ruling alliance’ and public sector governance meet: Managing for performance in South African basic education en_ZA
dc.type Working Paper en_ZA
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dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Department of Political Studies en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Cameron, R., & Naidoo, V. (2016). <i>When a ‘ruling alliance’ and public sector governance meet: Managing for performance in South African basic education</i> University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Political Studies. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/21656 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Cameron, Robert, and Vinothan Naidoo <i>When a ‘ruling alliance’ and public sector governance meet: Managing for performance in South African basic education.</i> University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Political Studies, 2016. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/21656 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Cameron R, Naidoo V. When a ‘ruling alliance’ and public sector governance meet: Managing for performance in South African basic education. 2016 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/21656 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Working Paper AU - Cameron, Robert AU - Naidoo, Vinothan AB - This paper is one of a series of ESID studies that explore the extent to which the performance of schools can be explained as an outcome of the interactions between, on the one hand, the prevailing political dynamics and, on the other, the characteristics of the prevailing institutional arrangements. The focus of this paper is on the national performance tools in South Africa. When one looks at the arrangements that have been put in place for managing public sector performance since 1994 – across the public service as a whole and specifically within the education sector – they are enormously impressive. But in general these efforts did not translate into strong performance. This paper explores the hypothesis that the answer to this puzzle can be found in the disconnect between, on the one hand, the technocratic orientation of the performance management systems which were introduced and, on the other, a political environment characterised by strong contestation over policy amongst competing stakeholders in the education sector. It is proposed that policies for managing performance in basic education could best be explained as the outcome of a strategic interaction among three sets of actors – technocratically-oriented public officials in the bureaucracy, teacher labour unions (especially SADTU, as the dominant union), and the ANC in its dual role as the top level of the public sector hierarchy and as the primus inter pares within the ‘ruling alliance’. In practice, the political strength of organised labour resulted in national policies which, beneath their surface, fell well short of the aspiration of robust performance management. DA - 2016-07 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2016 SM - 978-1-908749-61-1 T1 - When a ‘ruling alliance’ and public sector governance meet: Managing for performance in South African basic education TI - When a ‘ruling alliance’ and public sector governance meet: Managing for performance in South African basic education UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/21656 ER - en_ZA


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