ERIC Number: ED164667
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Apr-4
Reference Count: 0
Power Analysis in Comparative Educational Politics.
Duane, Edward A.; Bridgeland, William M.
The relative newness of educational politics as a research field means that, aside from possibly systems analysis, much theory-building has yet to be done. In this regard, power analysis has both limitations and potentialities. Some people contend that power is evident only in those situations involving government agencies utilizing negative sanctions. At the other extreme, power has been used to include all forms of social influence. In fact, power analysis can provide a frame of reference at once unifying and integrative, but sufficiently discriminating to account for a wide range of behavior in comparative educational policy making. Researchers now generally support the Weberian notion that power is a form of interpersonal relationship. Power analysis offers a frequently overlooked potential for systematically probing many areas of educational behavior in general and comparative educational politics in particular. It has the added advantage of permitting the researcher to move deductively from macroscopic configurations such as "monolithic" interest group structures down to relatively microscopic phenomena like co-optation as a specific tactic. (Author/WI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper prepared for presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, New York, April 4, 1977)