How Paradigms Create Politics: The Transformation of American Educational Policy, 1980-2001
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CitationMehta, J. 2013. “How Paradigms Create Politics: The Transformation of American Educational Policy, 1980-2001.” American Educational Research Journal 50 (2) (January 24): 285–324. doi:10.3102/0002831212471417.
AbstractAmerican 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.”
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