Educational Decentralisation in Post-Conflict Societies: Approaches and Constraints

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The article proposes that the power of local government to design and deliver educational services contributing to long-term conflict transformation are mediated by two factors: the model of decentralisation adopted in the aftermath of conflict, and the decision-making model at the centre (power-sharing). It employs rich qualitative data collected during extensive fieldwork. It compares the design and delivery of education across three post-conflict societies with a particular focus on attempts to reform the Lebanese University in Lebanon, to establish an Education and Skills Authority in Northern Ireland and to rationalise the school network in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)857-878
JournalThird World Thematics
Issue number6
Early online date26 Jun 2017
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 26 Jun 2017


  • Education Policy
  • Conflict management
  • Decentralisation
  • Lebanon
  • Northern Ireland
  • Macedonia
  • Peacebuilding


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