Evidence, Politics, and Education Policy

Evidence, Politics, and Education Policy

Lorraine M. McDonnell and M. Stephen Weatherford
paper, 328 Pages
Pub. Date: September 2020
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-516-5
Price: $35.00

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cloth, 328 Pages
Pub. Date: September 2020
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-517-2
Price: $66.00

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In Evidence, Politics, and Education Policy, political scientists Lorraine M. McDonnell and M. Stephen Weatherford provide an original analysis of evidence use in education policymaking to help scholars and advocates shape policy more effectively. The book shows how multiple types of evidence are combined as elected officials and their staffs work with researchers, advocates, policy entrepreneurs, and intermediary organizations to develop, create, and implement education policies.

Praise

This book is not just a must-read, but a must-use for any researcher studying or entering into the world of public policymaking. Theoretically driven, empirically compelling, and wise, it is a ten-year tour de force that captures the interplay of participants, incentives, and evidence, and shows how research ideas, facts, and findings can matter. — Felice J. Levine, executive director, American Educational Research Association

Here, finally, is a definitive examination of evidence strategically applied to politics. The brilliantly developed test case is in education, but the theoretical reach is broader. This is an essential read for any case where politics, policy, and evidence are in the mix. — Kenneth Prewitt, Carnegie Professor of Public Affairs and special advisor to the president, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs

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About the Authors

Lorraine M. McDonnell is professor emerita of political science at the University of California, Santa Barbara and past president of the American Educational Research Association. M. Stephen Weatherford is professor emeritus of political science and former chair of the Political Science Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara.


Table of Contents

Chapter One

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