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ERIC Number: EJ1141426
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-May
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0010-4086
The Limits of Multistakeholder Governance: The Case of the Global Partnership for Education and Private Schooling
Menashy, Francine
Comparative Education Review, v61 n2 p240-268 May 2017
This study investigates collective decision making within a multistakeholder partnership through a case study of the Global Partnership for Education (GPE). Analyzed through the theoretical framework of sociological institutionalism, this study applies the issue of private schooling as a lens to understand policy-related decision making between very different stakeholders within a single forum. A process-tracing analysis of document and interview data shows that the GPE has not substantively engaged with the issue of private education, indicative of "strategic avoidance" due to concerns that a debate could destabilize the partnership. Such avoidance is argued to potentially engender harmful impacts on the GPE. The absence of dialogue reflects broader GPE governance issues, where policy-related debates are rare. This conclusion is in accordance with evaluations of other similarly structured multistakeholder partnerships, calling into question the effectiveness of the partnership-based model.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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