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ERIC Number: EJ1050006
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jun-10
Pages: 39
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1068 2341
Historical Trends in Educational Decentralization in the United States and Developing Countries: A Periodization and Comparison in the Post-WWII Context
Edwards, D. Brent, Jr.; DeMatthews, Davis E.
Education Policy Analysis Archives, v22 n40 Jun 2014
In the present work, we fill a gap in the writing on the decentralization of educational governance by periodizing and comparing trends that have fallen under this label in both the United States and developing countries in the post-WWII period (1945-present). The findings are informed by a review of 127 decentralization-related studies from seven leading, peer-reviewed journals in comparative and international education, in addition to the "Journal of Education Policy, Journal of Educational Administration", and "Harvard Education Review". We combine this review with works that address larger political and economic shifts. One key finding is that the application of community level decentralization in developing countries has not been as widespread as global rhetoric during the 1990s and 2000s would imply. A second key finding is that there has been a relatively recent shift away from decentralization towards other forms of accountability-based reforms in both the United States and developing countries.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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