I am happy to announce the release of a new book, The Politics and Governance of Basic Education: A Tale of two South African Provinces (Oxford: Oxford University Press, September 2018), co-authored/edited with colleagues from the University of Cape Town – and (by agreement with OUP) available via this link for free download. The book uses the approach to governance I laid out in Working with the Grain (Oxford 2014) to better understand: (i) why gains in access to schooling have not translated into gains in learning. (ii) how context shapes the performance of public education bureaucracies; and (iii) the potential and limits of participatory governance, both as a complement to bureaucracy, and as a substitute when bureaucracy is weak. Click here for my summary take of the main findings and implications of the research.
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