Francine Menashy Global education governance and policy
Available in the United States via Columbia University's Teachers College Press, in Canada via University of Toronto Press, and Amazon. ___ Partnerships are now pervasive in global education and development, but are they creating equitable, cooperative, and positive relationships? Through case studies of prominent multistakeholder partnerships as well as a comprehensive analysis of the global education network, this book exposes clear power imbalances that persist in the international aid environment. Actors and organizations from high-income countries continue to wield disproportionate influence, while the private sector holds a growing degree of authority in public policy circles. In light of such evidence, the book questions if partnerships truly ameliorate power asymmetries, or if they instead reproduce the precise inequities they are meant to eliminate.
Acclaim for International Aid to Education: “International Aid to Education is an urgent read for anyone working in international development. Menashy problematizes the embrace of partnerships, constructively examining the content and nature of collaborations in educational development and aid. Her work points to ways in which all of us working in research, policy, and practice can rethink our own roles in perpetuating power imbalances and inequities.” ~ Sarah Dryden-Peterson, Harvard Graduate School of Education
“Francine Menashy's new book provides a fresh and innovative take on power and politics within multistakeholder partnerships in international development. Focusing on two recent partnerships that aim to support education in some of the world's most difficult contexts—the Global Partnership for Education and Education Cannot Wait—this book explores the uneasy evolution of power dynamics between private authority and official actors in international aid. It makes a strong new contribution to the study of global governance and education policy.” ~ Karen Mundy, University of Toronto
"International Aid to Education is an important read for individuals and groups involved in the international aid environment. With its rigorous empirical research, it validates concerns that many of us have raised in our classrooms, conferences, and gatherings and shows that power imbalances in international aid to education are deep-seated and extensive. As Menashy explains, while the field of international education has made important strides in addressing resource imbalances, we continue to fall short." - Harvard Educational Review
"An essential reference for scholars and practitioners interested in taking a critical look at the evolution of the aid architecture, particularly in the education sector, and in better understanding persisting and emerging challenges." - International Review of Education
"The author details how structural power in partnership remains clear and propagates power differentials by reinforcing power to some while systematically disempowering others." - Teachers College Record
2020 CIES Globalization and Education SIG Best Book Award Runner-Up
Available via Edward Elgar Publishing and Amazon. ___ This insightful book brings together both academics and researchers from a variety of international organizations and aid agencies to explore the complexities of public private partnerships (PPPs) as a resurgent, hybrid mode of educational governance that operates across scales, from the community to the global. The contributors expertly study the different types of partnership arrangements and thoroughly critique the value of PPPs. Some chapters explore how PPPs, as a policy idea, have been constructed in transnational agendas for educational development and circulated globally, whilst other chapters explore the role and implications of PPPs in developing countries, providing arguments for and against an expanding reliance on PPPs in national educational systems. The theoretical framing of the book draws upon leading theories of international relations to develop a unique perspective on the global governance of education. It will prove insightful for both scholars and policymakers in public policy and education.
Acclaim for Public Private Partnerships: Public Private Partnerships in Education is a scholarly contribution to the growing literature on the topic, providing useful insights into the problem. The wide perspectives provided compel the serious readers to go for in-depth research on many related aspects. – Jandhyala B.G. Tilak, Journal of Educational Planning and Administration
Far from simply being a form of cost sharing between the “state” and the “market,” PPP has been celebrated by some, and condemned by others, as the champion of change in the new millennium. This book has been written by the best minds in education policy, political economy, and development studies. They convincingly argue that public private partnership represents a new mode of governance that ranges from covert support of the private sector (vouchers, subsidies) to overt collaboration with corporate actors in the rapidly growing education industry. The analyses are simply brilliant and indispensable for understanding how and why this particular best/worst practice went global. – Gita Steiner-Khamsi, Columbia University