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ERIC Number: EJ1005739
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Apr
Pages: 40
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 106
ISSN: ISSN-0002-8312
How Paradigms Create Politics: The Transformation of American Educational Policy, 1980-2001
Mehta, Jal
American Educational Research Journal, v50 n2 p285-324 Apr 2013
American educational policy was rapidly transformed between 1980 and 2001. Accountability was introduced into a sphere that had long been loosely coupled, both major political parties reevaluated longstanding positions, and significant institutional control over the schooling shifted to the federal government for the first time in the nation's history. These changes cannot be explained by conventional theories such as interest groups, rational choice, and historical institutionalism. Drawing on extensive archival research and more than 80 interviews, this article argues that this transformation can be explained by a changed policy paradigm which restructured the political landscape around education reform. More generally, while previous scholars have observed that "policies create politics" it should also be recognized that "paradigms create politics". (Contains 3 tables, 1 figure, and 28 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
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Language: English
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