Different Interpretations of the Concept of Education As a Public Good in International Discourse



This chapter provides an analysis of education development discourse with regard to the use of the concept of education as a public good by the main actors involved in international education policy: UNESCO, UNICEF, human rights treaty bodies, and other international and non-governmental organizations. It also identifies the multiple, yet interrelated, conceptualizations of education as a public good by different international actors. These correspond respectively to an overall humanistic and integrated vision of education which is at the core of defining and preserving those collective interests of society (policy focus) which are the ultimate responsibility of the State (principle of governance). It is argued that these three interpretations represent three different closely interrelated facets of the same principle.


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

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