Education for All as a Global Regime of Educational Governance: Issues and Tensions

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The chapter traces the genealogy of the Education for All (EFA) Movement understood as a global regime of educational governance between 1990 and 2005. The chapter sets out the achievements of EFA including some success in uniting diverse interests around a common set of goals. It will also discuss the key tensions related to the Northern and Western-led nature of EFA; tensions between the multilateral agencies over the leadership of EFA and the issues associated with the hegemonic status assumed by the World Bank; the tension between a wider EFA agenda and a narrower focus on a few quantifiable targets; and the associated tensions between more economistic and rights-based views of
EFA. It will be argued that the development of these tensions can be understood in relation to different kinds of power linked to the international political economy and to the impact of other global regimes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPost-Education-for-All and Sustainable Development Paradigm:
Subtitle of host publicationStructural Changes with Diversifying Actors and Norms
EditorsShoko Yamada
Place of PublicationChanai
Number of pages28
ISBN (Electronic)9781784412708
ISBN (Print)9781784412715
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jun 2016

Publication series

NameInternational Perspectives on Education and Society
PublisherEmerald Publishing Group Limited
ISSN (Print)1479-3679
ISSN (Electronic)1479-3679


  • Education for all
  • global governance
  • governance regime

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