Political cultures in education: Emerging perspectives

Karen Seashore Louis, Karen Febey, Molly F. Gordon

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INTRODUCTION In 2008 we published a chapter in the first edition of this handbook that examined how political culture affects the development of K-12 educational policies at state and local levels. In that analysis, we focused on how the expanding role of the state as a key actor in educational policy has increased over the past few decades (Clune, 1987; Reeves, 1990; Timar & Kirp, 1988), and included data about how local districts and schools reacted to state policies. Since then we have expanded our examination of political cultures, considering additional in-depth analysis of states within the United States, differences between countries within the European Union, and some of the differences between the K-12 and higher education sectors. This chapter therefore represents both a deepening and an extension of the ideas developed in the previous contribution, but with a stronger focus on state and national political cultures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Education Politics and Policy, Second Edition
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages30
ISBN (Electronic)9781135106775
ISBN (Print)9780415660426
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

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