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Education Policy and Power-Sharing in Post-Conflict Societies

Lebanon, Northern Ireland, and Macedonia


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Giuditta Fontana
    Pages 1-21
  3. Giuditta Fontana
    Pages 123-157
  4. Giuditta Fontana
    Pages 159-191
  5. Giuditta Fontana
    Pages 193-226
  6. Giuditta Fontana
    Pages 227-278
  7. Giuditta Fontana
    Pages 279-283
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 285-317

About this book


This book explores the nexus between education and politics in Lebanon, Northern Ireland, and Macedonia, drawing from an extensive body of original evidence and literature on power-sharing and post-conflict education in these post-conflict societies, as well as the repercussions that emerged from the end of civil war. This book demonstrates that education policy affects the resilience of political settlements by helping reproduce and reinforce the mutually exclusive religious, ethnic, and national communities that participated in conflict and now share political power. Using curricula for subjects—such as history, citizenship education, and languages—and structures like the existence of state-funded separate or common schools, Fontana shows that power-sharing constrains the scope for specific education reforms and offers some suggestions for effective ones to aid political stability and reconciliation after civil wars.


education reform education policy power-sharing history education citizenship education

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of Birmingham BirminghamUnited Kingdom

About the authors

Giuditta Fontana is Leverhulme Fellow at the University of Birmingham, UK. She is also Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Divided Societies at King’s College London, UK, and at the Centre for Conflict Studies at Utrecht University, the Netherlands.   

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