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An Education in PoliticsThe Origins and Evolution of No Child Left Behind$
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Jesse H. Rhodes

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780801449710

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801449710.001.0001

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Explaining the Development of American Education Policymaking

Explaining the Development of American Education Policymaking

(p.1) Introduction Explaining the Development of American Education Policymaking
An Education in Politics

Jesse H. Rhodes

Cornell University Press

This book emphasizes the enduring tension between Americans' yearning for national leadership and their celebration of political pluralism and local control, illustrating the consequences of this conflict for social policymaking in the United States. This introductory chapter first discusses the place of education policy in American political development, and two approaches to the study of institutional development. It then explains the concept of institutionally bounded entrepreneurship, which illustrates how entrepreneurs and institutions interact to produce bounded, ongoing institutional change. Next, it uncovers the institutionally bounded entrepreneurship of business leaders and civil rights activists by placing these actors in the context of some of the most important issues and interests that are involved in the contemporary debate over elementary and secondary education. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords:   education policy, policymaking, social policy, federal education reform, institutionally bounded entrepreneurship, institutional change

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