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The Politics of Education in Developing Countries: From Schooling to Learning

Sam Hickey and Naomi Hossain


This book examines the politics of the learning crisis in the global South, where learning outcomes have stagnated or worsened, despite progress towards Universal Primary Education since the 1990s. Comparative analysis of education reform in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ghana, Rwanda, South Africa, and Uganda highlights systemic failure on the frontline of education service delivery, driven by deeper crises of policymaking and implementation: few governments try to raise educational standards with any conviction, and education bureaucracies are unable to deliver even those learning reforms that get t ... More

Keywords: Learning crisis, education reforms, political economy of education, political settlement, elite commitment, policy process, Universal Primary Education

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198835684
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198835684.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sam Hickey, editor
Professor of Politics and Development, Global Development Institute, University of Manchester, UK

Naomi Hossain, editor
Research Fellow, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK

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3 Decentralization and Teacher Accountability

Edward Ampratwum, Mohammed Awal, and Franklin Oduro

4 The Politics of Learning Reforms in Bangladesh

Naomi Hossain, Mirza M. Hassan, Muhammad Ashikur Rahman, Khondoker Shakhawat Ali, and Md. Sajidul Islam

5 The Downsides of Dominance

Timothy P. Williams

6 Political Transformation and Education Sector Performance in South Africa

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

7 The Political Economy of Primary Education Reform in Cambodia

Tim Kelsall, Sothy Khieng, Chuong Chantha, and Tieng Tek Muy

9 Identifying the Political Drivers of Quality Education

Sam Hickey, Naomi Hossain, and David Jackman

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