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ERIC Number: EJ1169826
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jan
Pages: 30
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1947-5578
The Ballot Initiative and Other Modern Threats to Public Engagement in Educational Policymaking
Piazza, Peter
Berkeley Review of Education, v6 n2 p173-201 Jan 2017
This paper situates recent changes in educational policymaking, especially the increased use of the ballot initiative, within larger historical trends related to democratic engagement in policy development. I conduct an integrative literature review that combines conceptual analyses with findings from empirical investigations into new policymaking tactics and their influence on policy development. Specifically, I explore (a) the discourses justifying policy priorities over time, and (b) the role of democratic engagement in dominant modes of policymaking. I demonstrate that various sources combine to tell a troubling story about the longstanding exclusion of the public from policymaking regarding its public schools. Further, I argue that, perhaps paradoxically, the increased use of the ballot initiative only exacerbates this trend. Ultimately, I use results from the reviewed research to ask if there is a better way to make policy, one that aspires to higher democratic ideals.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative; Information Analyses
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Language: English
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