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Policy Entrepreneurs and School Choice (American Governance and Public Policy) Hardcover – April, 2000

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"This volume makes a real contribution to our thinking about the policy making process and the politics of school choice. It is a useful addition to the policy literature. "―Canadian Journal of Political Science

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"Essential reading for all sides of the school choice debate, and anyone who wants to create new education policy. Combines theory and practice to provide a roadmap for the next generation of policy innovators."―Michael Kirst, professor of education, Stanford University

"Mintrom's excellent book adds substantially to two important areas of research: on policy diffusion and the role of political entrepreneurs in that process; and on educational choice and its rapid spread in the United States."―John Witte, director, Robert M. LaFollette Institute of Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin

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Product Details

  • Series: American Governance and Public Policy
  • Hardcover: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Georgetown Univ Pr (April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0878407707
  • ISBN-13: 978-0878407705
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,245,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Mintrom offers a candid view of policy entrepreneurs and the arenas within which they operate. I borrowed this book from my professor, and have been making excuses about returning it, finally realizing I need to buy my own copy. I reference it a lot, recommend it to people who are working in public policy. I am a Diffusioin of Innovations scholar and quote his book often in my papers and reports. Mintrom defines policy entrepreneurship as change agents and shows he knows his stuff when it comes to Diffusion Theory. He contributes to the discussion by applying Diffusion Theory and its elements in a new way to a new arena. The book does not look at the unanticipated consequences of message packaging and it does not discuss the ethical responsibility of the change agent to empower his target population to find their own voice through critical thought. In fact, too little attention is given to the possibility that change agents acting as ad-men are changing the face of politics in a world where the best slogan wins. All in all it is a good book though. A must have, for me.
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