This report is a rigorous literature review on the political economy of
education systems in conflict-affected contexts and is aimed at
education advisers and agencies, development practitioners and Ministry
of Education policy makers working in conflict-affected contexts. The
report seeks to provide theoretically informed and policy relevant
insights on the global, national and local governance of education
systems in conflict-affected contexts garnered from a rigorous review of
the academic and policy literature on the political economy of education
in conflict-affected contexts.
The review was driven by three main questions: (1) What are the
underpinning assumptions of the main bodies of political economy
research in education and conflict? (2) What can the political economy
of education literature since 1990 inform us about educational change
and reform in conflict-affected contexts? (3) What are the strengths,
weaknesses, blind spots and research gaps in the political economy of
education literature exploring the governance of educational change and
reform in conflict-affected contexts?
Chapter 1 outlines the rationale and aims of the review. Chapter 2,
describes the theoretical and conceptual framework and presents the
framing of the key issues under review, and Chapter 3 outlines the
review methodology. Chapter 4 presents the main characteristics and an
assessment of the quality of the studies selected for the in-depth
review, and Chapter 5, discusses the review’s main findings. Chapter 6
presents the conclusions of the study, outlines a theory of change that
emerges from the findings and draws out the policy insights and research
gaps for future study.
Novelli, M.; Higgins, S.; Ugur, M.; Valiente, V. The Political Economy of Education Systems in Conflict-Affected Contexts: A rigorous literature review. DFID, London, UK (2014) iii + 91 pp.
The Political Economy of Education Systems in Conflict-Affected Contexts: A rigorous literature review