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ERIC Number: EJ887904
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 30
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-1052-0147
Legislative Decision-Making on Education Issues: A Qualitative Study
Canfield-Davis, Kathy; Jain, Sachin
Qualitative Report, v15 n3 p600-629 May 2010
The purpose of this descriptive, single case study was to provide knowledge and insight about state education policy-making, specifically, the process by which education-related bills pass through a legislature. This study was also designed to identify factors of influence shaping legislative decision-making as perceived by lawmakers and observers of the legislative process. Sources of evidence included interviews, direct observation, archival records, public records documentation, and tape recordings of committee meetings and Senate floor sessions. Results show that a bill's fate is subject to many planned and unplanned sequential steps, and to a collection of diverse personalities that drive the legislative process. Trust forms the foundation upon which other factors depend including bill sponsors, party leadership, lobbyists, fellow legislators, and constituents. (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A