Third GCES thematic conference: "Effective Multi-level Governance in Education", 17-18 June 2013, in Paris at UNESCO Headquarters



Effective Multi-level Governance in Education" was the Third Thematic Conference for the OECD-project “Governing Complex Education Systems” (GCES). Jointly organized by the OECD's Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) and UNESCO, this conference was held in Paris on 17-18 June 2013 at UNESCO Headquarters at 7 place de Fontenoy, 75007.  

 This conference looked at multi-level governance of complex education systems and asked the following questions:

  • What can central governments still do in highly decentralised systems, and which policy instruments still work in the complex reality of education governance, i.e. one that is fluid, de-central and fragmented?
  • Do local governments have the capacity to govern, and are they held sufficiently accountable by local stakeholders?
  • What issues arise from multilevel governance where power is spread over different levels, e.g. co‑ordination, conflict, trust?

The conference also presented the latest empirical results of the GCES Case Study Series.


Meeting information



Powerpoint presentations

Welcome presentation – GCES Conference –Andreas Schleicher

Keynote presentation – The Simple Art of Governing Complex Systems – Ben Levin

Keyote presentation – When Evidence Confronts Politics: Competing Rationalities in the 'Smart State' – Dirk Van Damme

Opening presentation II – Governing Complex Education Systems – Tracey Burns

Overview of Workshop Topics – Tracey Burns and Harald Wilkoszewski

Case Study for Norway: Assessment for Learning – Therese Hopfenbeck

Emerging Synergies Across GCES Case Studies – Henno Theisens

Closing remarks – Barbara Ischinger


Summary Report of GCES Third Thematic Conference

Summary report





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