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Type Journal Article - Comparative education
Title Decentralization and recentralization reform in Mongolia: tracing the swing of the pendulum
Volume 40
Issue 1
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2004
Page numbers 29-53
URL http://www.tc.columbia.edu/faculty/steiner-khamsi/_publications/gitas professional​files/publications peer review/deandrecentralization2004.pdf
For the past 10 years the Ministry of Education of Mongolia has periodically oscillated between
decentralization and recentralization policies. On paper, it has consistently and enthusiastically
subscribed to decentralization, but in practice has given these policies low priority. This study
attempts to explain the discrepancies between policy talk and actual implementation. Methodologically,
the authors investigate local policy contexts and examine how international interventions
such as decentralization policies are locally reinterpreted or ‘Mongolized’. The study examines
several areas where cultural legacies from the socialist past have clashed with the expectations of
international donors. Theoretically, the Mongolian fiasco of decentralization reform lends itself as
a case to address issues that have been raised both in comparative research on ‘transitology’ and
on cross-national policy borrowing.

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