Governing Decentralized Education Systems: Systemic Change in South Eastern Europe

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Peter Rado
Open Society Institute, 2011. jan. 1. - 356 oldal

Many people working in central government are convinced that decentralized systems entail a loss of control for those who are supposed to govern. Not so argues Péter Radó in this new and outstanding contribution to how decentralized education systems can be successfully governed in South Eastern Europe where governments have struggled to manage the education sector that has traditionally consumed the largest amount of government funds.

In a practical and scholarly manner, Governing Decentralized Education Systems attempts to prove that what is lost in the course of decentralization is nothing more than the illusion of control. The more we know about what are the effective ways to improve primary and secondary education, the more obvious it is that decentralization creates the systemic environment within which it becomes possible. Unsurprisingly, the decentralization of the education sector has also been given a prominent and stable position in the policy agenda across South Eastern Europe.

"Governing Decentralized Education Systems" is a systematic and comprehensive overview of the relevant aspects of decentralization in education, the characteristics of educational services that determine their effective governance, the transformation of governance instruments, and policymaking in decentralized education systems.

This book is an essential and valuable resource for policymakers, teachers, mayors, educationalists, managers, public administrators, and indeed anyone considering how to maximize the returns and successes of their education systems in order to guarantee a bright future for all.

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