ERIC Number: ED284327
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Political Culture and the Exercise of Power: Combined Effects on Policymaking.
Lynch, Kathleen Kelley
How implicit assumptions govern the process of policymaking, and how those implicit assumptions are simultaneously consistent with both the political culture of the state and with behaviors that are effective in achieving desired policy outcomes are investigated in this paper. Interview data were gathered from policymakers and analyzed to discover 10 implicit, highly intertwined assumptions in the policy formulation process that include the following: (1) everything in government is relative; (2) nothing significant ever gets accomplished without the leadership having a hand in it; (3) if a policy proposal has no chance of succeeding, do not bring it up in the general assembly; (4) the education committees are collegial and nonpartisan, and the appropriations committees are hierarchical and partisan; (5) special interest groups are informal policymakers, but they are powerful and legitimate in their policymaking role; (6) information is power; (7) the number one problem in education is finance; (8) taxes are an anathema, but if taxes must be raised, ask for money for education; (9) the major policy battles in the general assembly concern the distribution of money; and (10) the life expectancy of any given basic instructional subsidy formula is limited. (WTH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Pennsylvania; Political Culture
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Washington, DC, April 20-24, 1987).