Over the course of the last few decades, education has increasingly been referred to as a public good in education development and human rights discourse. This concept aims to reaffirm the primary responsibility of the State in ensuring that all children have access to education, in line with the legal frameworks underpinning the right to education. The leading role of the State in educational policies and practices is however increasingly being questioned by the greater involvement of non-state actors in educational policy and provision, as well as by the growing scale of for-profit education at all levels. Moreover, the principle of education as a public good is further challenged by the progressive shift in the locus of decision-making, from a national to a global level. Since systems of governance for the delivery of education are becoming more complex, it is necessary to rethink the principles that should guide such governance.


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  1. 1.International Research Centre on Global Citizenship EducationUniversity of BolognaBolognaItaly

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