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The Politics and Governance of Basic EducationA Tale of Two South African Provinces$

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

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198824053

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198824053.001.0001

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(p.ix) Acknowledgements

(p.ix) Acknowledgements

The Politics and Governance of Basic Education
Brian Levy, Robert Cameron, Ursula Hoadley, Vinothan Naidoo
Oxford University Press

This book is the product of a sustained collaboration across disciplines; our team includes public administration specialists, educationalists, economists and political scientists. Cross-disciplinary work is never straightforward; the process of producing this book has been more collegial and (we hope) more productive than many such endeavours.

The project would not have been undertaken without the financial, intellectual and moral support of the Effective States and Inclusive Development (ESID) Research Centre, a global partnership based at the University of Manchester and funded by the UK government’s Department for International Development. We thank especially Sam Hickey, Julia Brunt, Kunal Sen, David Hulme and others in the ESID team for their sustained engagement.

At the University of Cape Town (where we all are faculty), we are grateful to the Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance for hosting the project, and to the SPADE (Schools Performing Above Demographic Expectations) project, housed in the School of Education, for sharing generously its findings and experience. We also express our sincere thanks to our research collaborators from partner institutions, such as Rhodes University, for their invaluable contributions.

We acknowledge the valuable ongoing encouragement provided by Crain Soudien and Alan Hirsch. We also thank for their feedback the participants at an April, 2016 workshop at UCT’s Graduate School of Business at which we shared our preliminary findings, and also the anonymous reviewers of the ESID working papers that comprise the basis of much of this book.

Thanks to the many organizations and individuals (in schools, and within provincial and national government) who opened their doors and shared their insights into the ongoing successes and challenges of improving education outcomes in South Africa. We hope that this work contributes in some measure to that vital and noble purpose.

April 2018

Brian Levy

Robert Cameron

Ursula Hoadley

Vinothan Naidoo (p.x)