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The Politics and Governance of Basic Education: A Tale of Two South African Provinces

Brian Levy, Robert Cameron, Ursula Hoadley, and Vinothan Naidoo


This book brings together scholars from multiple disciplines to explore how political and institutional context influences the governance of basic education in South Africa at national, provincial, and school levels. A specific goal is to contribute to the crucial, ongoing challenge of improving educational outcomes in South Africa. A broader goal is to illustrate the value of an approach to the analysis of public bureaucracies, and of participatory approaches to service provision which puts politics and institutions at centre stage. Stark differences between the Eastern Cape and Western Cape ... More

Keywords: politics of education, bureaucracy, participatory governance, South Africa, Western Cape, Eastern Cape, how context matters, political settlements, institutions, school-level governance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198824053
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198824053.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brian Levy, editor
Professor of the Practice of International Development, School of Advanced International Studies, John Hopkins University, Washington DC, USA and Academic Director, Graduate School of Development, Policy, and Practice, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Robert Cameron, editor
Professor of Public Administration, Department of Political Studies, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Ursula Hoadley, editor
Associate Professor, School of Education, University of Cape Town, South Africa

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Part I Framing the Issues

3 Education Policymaking at National Level

Robert Cameron and Vinothan Naidoo

Part II Provincial Governance and Politics of Education

5 Provincial Governance of Education—The Eastern Cape Experience

Zukiswa Kota, Monica Hendricks, Eric Matambo, and Vinothan Naidoo

6 Explaining the Western Cape Performance Paradox

Gabrielle Wills, Debra Shepherd, and Janeli Kotzé

7 Context and Capability

Brian Levy, Robert Cameron, and Vinothan Naidoo

Part III Horizontal Governance

8 Case Studies of School-Level Governance Dynamics in the Western Cape

Ursula Hoadley, Brian Levy, Lawule Shumane, and Shelly Wilburn

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