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On the absent ground of transnational partnerships in education: A post-foundational intervention

Journal article
Authors Beniamin Knutsson
Jonas Lindberg
Published in Globalisation, Societies and Education
Volume 17
Issue 4
Pages 432-444
ISSN 1476-7724
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Economy and Society, Unit for Human Geography
Department of Pedagogical, Curricular and Professional Studies
Pages 432-444
Language en
Links https://doi.org/10.1080/14767724.20...
Keywords Multi-stakeholder partnerships; global governance; international development; post-foundational; the political; political action
Subject categories International education, Globalization Studies, Human Geography

Abstract

Transnational multi-stakeholder partnerships (MSPs) are proliferating in the domain of education and development. This paper intervenes in scholarly discussions on such partnerships by pondering what post-foundational political thought might add. It is argued that both liberal and critical literature, albeit from very different viewpoints, tend to foreground order and stability. Drawing on post-foundational political theory, and a case study of the Global Partnership for Education, the present paper explores transnational MSPs in education as incomplete hegemonic projects. By bringing attention to fissures and disruptions, the paper exposes how the absent ground of ‘the political’ ultimately haunts the stability of partnerships.

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