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Comparative Perspectives on the Role of Education in Democratization

Part 1: Transitional States and States of Transition


Noel F. McGinn and Erwin H. Epstein

However important the school may be as a vehicle to institutionalize and perpetuate democracy, it has been largely ignored by contemporary scholars of democratization especially in developing and former socialist countries. This book draws on new research as well as established classics in helping to fill the gap and map out useful directions for comparative inquiry on the role of education in democratization and transitions from centralized authority.
Contents: Noel F. McGinn: Education, Democratization, and Globalization: A Challenge for Comparative Education - Aaron Benavot: Education and Political Democratization: Cross-National and Longitudinal Findings - Matthew Christenson and Edward Crenshaw: Democracy's Handmaiden: The Influence of Mass Education on Political and Economic Change - Noel F. McGinn and Susan Street: Educational Decentralization: Weak State or Strong State? - E. Mark Hanson: Democratization and Decentralization in Colombian Education - Jim Carl: Parental Choice as National Policy in England and the United States - Joseph W. Elder: The De-Colonization of Educational Culture: The Case of India - Robert F. Lawson: The Evolution of Democratic Education in South Africa - Erwin H. Epstein: The Peril of Paternalism: The Imposition of Education on Cuba by the United States - Barry Sautman: Politicization, Hyperpoliticization, and Depoliticization of Chinese Education - Jonathan Jansen: The State and Curriculum in the Transition to Socialism: The Zimbabwean Experience - Sheryl L. Lutjens: Rectification, Participation, and Education in Cuba - Elena Lisovskaya: The Dogmatism of Ideology: Content Analysis of Communist and Postcommunist Russian Textbooks - Antoinette Errante: Regaining Sight of Democracy in Mozambique - Robert F. Arnove: Education as Contested Terrain in Nicaragua.