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ERIC Number: EJ1033239
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jul
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 84
ISSN: EISSN-1740-2743
In Their Own Words: U.S. Think Tank "Experts" and the Framing of Education Policy Debates
McDonald, Lauren
Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, v11 n3 p1-28 Jul 2013
This study draws on forty-six interviews conducted with staff from think tanks, education advocacy organizations, and university based education policy centers to discuss five prominent frames--the Public Education in Crisis frame, the Human Capital frame, the Unions are the Problem frame, the Advocates not Researchers frame, and the Irrelevant Academics frame. These frames are analyzed within context of the historical rise of conservative think tanks, the influence of neoliberal and neoconservative discourse in the policy arena, and the homogeneity of policy positions across ideologically different think tanks and advocacy organizations.
Institute for Education Policy Studies. University of Northampton, School of Education, Boughton Green Road, Northampton, NN2 7AL, UK. Tel: +44-1273-270943; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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