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Title: The Basque education plan for peace and human rights : towards a more sustainable model of peace-building in Euskadi?
Author: Durkin, Stuart Anthony
Awarding Body: Lancaster University
Current Institution: Lancaster University
Date of Award: 2011
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The thesis analyses the development of the Basque government's 'Basque Education Plan for Peace and Human Rights' (2008-2011). which represents the first comprehensive, coherent and coordinated attempt on the part of a Basque government to deploy peace education and human rights interventions systematically throughout Basque society. Though innovative work in the realm of peace education and human rights has been ongoing in this context for many years, much of this has been carried out by poorly resourced third sector organisations. Despite their lack of resource, however, this small but influential group of Basque civil associations has done much to advance peace culture through its long-term commitment to peace and human rights education. Moreover, because organized Basque civil society has been involved in the development of this policy, this thesis argues that the influence of these civil society groups may have moved beyond consciousness raising and into policy formation and implementation. Thus, this thesis contributes towards a critical understanding of the political dynamics which surrounded the development of this policy, which involved both organized Basque civil society and the government of the Basque Autonomous Community. In order to do so, the thesis begins by explaining the evolution of the 'Basque Conflict '. The thesis then sets out a theoretical framework, which situates this policy in the realm of sustainable peace-building before focusing on the context of peace education in Euskadi and the core aims and objectives of the Basque Education Plan for Peace and Human Rights. Next the thesis analyses the realm of the Basque associational world and especially the 'Forum of Civil Associations, ' which has been given a coordinating role in the implementation of this policy. The final chapter revisits the central tenets of the sustainable peace-building approach in light of the thesis 's findings. The thesis concludes that the systematic deployment of sustainable peace education and human rights interventions requires more than the development of sophisticated policies of this kind; it also requires a social and political context which is conducive. Though this was not the case at the time the research was carried out, the postscript analysing the 2009 elections and their aftermath indicates that a more favourable social and political climate might be forthcoming
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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