International Review of Education

, Volume 59, Issue 6, pp 793–796 | Cite as

The World Bank and education: Critiques and alternatives

By Steven J. Klees, Joel Samoff and Nelly P. Stromquist (eds.). Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, 2012, 268 pp. Comparative and international education: A diversity of voices, vol. 14. ISBN 978-94-6091-902-2 (hbk), ISBN 978-94-6091-901-5 (pbk), ISBN 978-94-6091-903-9 (e-book)
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EducationUniversity of OsloOsloNorway

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