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Title: Meeting the tests of time : small states in the 21st century
Authors: Baldacchino, Godfrey
Keywords: Islands
States, Small -- Economic conditions -- 21st century
States, Small
Education -- 21st century
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Teachers College, Columbia University
Citation: Baldacchino, G. (2012). Meeting the tests of time: small states in the 21st century. Current Issues in Comparative Education, 15(1), 14-25.
Abstract: The analytic category of “small states” remains problematic in the 21st century. Its legitimacy as a rigorous conceptual category continues to be debated; even as small states assume a strident visibility on the world stage because of climate change negotiations. This paper reviews the scepticism that hovers around the small state concept, and invites a largely social constructivist discussion that looks at a syndrome of behavioural issues which are more likely to occur with decreasing polity size. Education remains a key policy battleground for small states, as the latter balance human resource needs with the trans-territorial aspirations of their brightest and ablest (and often wealthiest). In spite of spectacular advances in information and communication technologies, the personality of the small state has not essentially changed; and this remains characterised by rootedness and mobility.
ISSN: 15231615
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