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Policy Entrepreneurs and School Choice


reviewed by Frederick M. Hess — 2002

coverTitle: Policy Entrepreneurs and School Choice
Author(s): Michael Mintrom
Publisher: Georgetown University Press, Washington, DC
ISBN: 0878407707, Pages: 324, Year: 2000
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Michael Mintrom has provided a thoughtful book on policy entrepreneurs and the role they played in shaping the fate of choice-based school reform during the late 1980s and early 1990s. Mintrom pays particular attention to the role of policy entrepreneurs in advancing the cause of charter schooling, a topic of obvious and widespread interest to education scholars. While the volume’s primary theoretical contribution is intended for a political science audience, both the implications of the theoretical work and the substantive analysis are likely to prove useful for readers interested in education policy and the substantive issues of choice-based school reform. Mintrom suggests we can best understand policy entrepreneurs—those individuals who help to market and disseminate policy reforms—by seeing them as analogous to private sector entrepreneurs. These individuals play a crucial role in shaping public policy debates and outcomes, in education as elsewhere. While American education has historically been the scene of one reform effort after another, the questions of who advocates education reforms, why they pursue them, and to... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 104 Number 1, 2002, p. 89-92
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10708, Date Accessed: 12/12/2017 2:42:47 PM

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  • Frederick Hess
    University of Virginia
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    Frederick M. Hess has been an Assistant Professor of Education and Government at the University of Virginia since 1997. A former high school teacher, he holds an M.Ed. in Education and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University. His recent books include Spinning Wheels: The Politics of Urban School Reform, Bringing the Social Sciences Alive, and School Choice in the Real World: Lessons from Arizona Charter Schools. During 2000, his articles appeared in journals including Phi Delta Kappan, Educational Policy, and American School Board Journal.
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