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The Education of Nations: How the Political Organization of the Poor, Not Democracy, Led Governments to Invest in Mass Education

Stephen Kosack


Quality mass education is one of sustainable development’s most important ingredients, particularly in the information age. This book provides a framework for understanding and predicting when a government will invest in it. It shows that the key factors are not those that social scientists or the public typically rely on to understand government policymaking decisions: a government cannot be expected to invest in mass education when the economy needs it, when the culture values it, nor, most surprising for political scientists, when its leaders are elected democratically. Instead, the book sh ... More

Keywords: education, primary education, economic development, developing countries, political entrepreneurship, mass mobilization, regime type, democracy, Taiwan, Ghana, Brazil

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199841653
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199841653.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Kosack, author
Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government