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Political Education: National Policy Comes of Age


reviewed by Philip I. Kramer — 2004

coverTitle: Political Education: National Policy Comes of Age
Author(s): Christopher T. Cross
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807743976, Pages: 194, Year: 2004
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The creation and implementation of public policy in America is complex and involves individuals and organizations representing many different constituencies (Sabatier, 1999). According to some scholars (e.g., Kingdon, 1997), policy is influenced by the interests of policy entrepreneurs who respond to the confluence of problems, policy streams, and opportunities for solutions. Christopher T. Cross devotes a considerable portion of Political Education: National Policy Comes of Age to describe the influence individuals and organizations have had on federal educational policy since the end of World War II. The book is interesting and informative. It provides an excellent historical account of the constantly changing political and educational landscape and how the different political and educational environments have affected federal educational policies. The book will prove useful to many students of federal educational policy who are interested in the evolution and expansion of federal education policy in the last 50 years. Cross begins the book with an unfortunately brief and simple “policy primer” intended to serve as a tutorial... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 8, 2004, p. 1602-1605
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11270, Date Accessed: 12/16/2017 1:54:38 PM

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  • Philip Kramer
    The University of Texas at El Paso
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    PHILIP I. KRAMER is an assistant professor at The University of Texas at El Paso. He has a joint appointment in the departments of educational leadership and teacher education. His research interests include assessment, accountability, policy, the scholarship of teaching and learning, and critical thinking. Dr. Kramer teaches graduate courses in research methodology and higher education.
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