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Communication and Decision Making in American Public Education: A Longitudinal and Comparative Study


by Harmon Zeigler, Harvey J. Tucker & L. A. Wilson, II - 1977

The political influence of technological elites has captured the imagination of social scientists, and for good reason. In a technological age, especially one in which the conservation of scarce resources replaces the distribution of abundant resources as a focus of policy, elected officials are frequently required to deal with issues containing components too sophisticated for them to comprehend. Thus, they turn to experts for information, and the experts' knowledge is easily transformed into a political resource for the acquisition of influence. Recognition of the growing importance of experts has caused social scientists to reevaluate their empirical and normative models of public policy formation.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 76, No. 2.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 78 Number 6, 1977, p. 218-254
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 19219, Date Accessed: 11/16/2019 6:26:47 PM

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  • Harmon Zeigler
    University of Oregon
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    HARMON ZEIGLER is a research associate in the Center and professor of political science at the University of Oregon.
  • Harvey Tucker
    University of Oregon, Eugene
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    HARVEY J. TUCKER is a research associate in the Center for Educational Policy and Management at the University of Oregon.
  • L. A. Wilson, II
    University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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    L. A. WILSON, II is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
 
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