ERIC Number: EJ1011642
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Government and Educational Reform: Policy Networks in Policy-Making in Zimbabwe, 1980-2008
Moyo, Nathan; Modiba, Maropeng M.
Journal of Education Policy, v28 n3 p371-385 2013
This paper reflects on the key actors in education policy making in Zimbabwe. It looks at the contextual complexities that characterized policy-making in this country to make sense of the contestations that the state had to confront and accommodate. The policy network approach is employed as an analytical framework to clarify how, in particular non-state actors, have had an impact (or not) on educational governance through influences on policy. Policy documents, research reports and the reactions of non-state actors to these aspects are examined to explore the impact of the latter on policy making. The significant roles of the various policy networks are also given attention to establish how they have affected the reconfiguration of the state. The argument developed is that in spite of the ostensibly strong state, education policy formulation has been a product of compromise between policy networks and the predilections of those in office. As a political and contested enterprise it had to accommodate both local and international concerns.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Policy, Policy Formation, Governance, Network Analysis, Educational History, Fees, Nongovernmental Organizations, Financial Support, Curriculum Design, Networks, Social Change
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Zimbabwe