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The mismatch between World Bank actions and the decentralization of educational systems in LMICs

Hossain, Mobarak ORCID: 0000-0002-1042-7388 (2024) The mismatch between World Bank actions and the decentralization of educational systems in LMICs. American Educational Research Journal. ISSN 0002-8312 (In Press)

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Abstract

The World Bank’s (WB) growing emphasis on decentralizing educational systems has sparked widespread discussion in the literature. This study examines whether these WB reforms are indeed associated with decentralizing educational systems in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), as commonly assumed. Using unique, untapped country-level panel data on 30 LMICs from 1990 to 2019, I do not find a significant association between WB’s actions and changes observed in educational systems. Employing the institutional logics perspective, I argue that the WB’s diffusion of ‘homogeneous’ educational reforms may clash with the ‘heterogeneous’ socioeconomic, political, and cultural contexts, thus hindering the direct translation of reforms into tangible outcomes on the ground.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2024 Sage
Divisions: Social Policy
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2024 11:03
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2024 11:15
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/121963

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