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"[Listed by Philanthropy as one of the Eight Books that Changed America]: [Chubb and Moe] have done nothing less than produce what is probably the most influential book on K-12 education of the last generation.... Some advocates have been frustrated that school choice hasn't made more political progress, but one things for sure: Without the pioneering work of Chubb and Moe, it wouldn't be where it is today. "—John J. Miller, National Review, Philanthropy, 7/1/2002



"Surely the most eagerly awaited education book of the year, and very likely destined to become the most influential."—Chester E. Finn, Jr., Vanderbilt University



"Theoretically innovative, empirically well-grounded, methodologically sophistcated, and bristling with provocative policy implications, this study is both path-breaking and definitive. What's more, it explains for the first time exactly how politics makes a difference in American education."—Paul E. Peterson, Harvard University

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John E. Chubb is a founding partner of Edison Schools and a nonresident senior fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution.

Terry M. Moe is professor of political science at Stanford University and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. He has written extensively on American education and American political institutions.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Brookings Institution Press (June 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0815714092
  • ISBN-13: 978-0815714095
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #816,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 22, 2011
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Politics, Markets and America's schools was published over 20 years ago, but having stayed current in the debate I can highly recommend this book as still being highly relevant for today's debate on how to reform public education.

First and foremost any one star reviewer labeling this as right-wing propaganda did not read it or is willing to lie about what they read.

The Brooking Institute is hardly a conservative think-tank. Rather, it is notably a moderate think tank. At the time of publication both Terry Moe and John Chubb were distinguished professors at Stanford University. They are hardly right-wing ideologues. What they are is very knowledgeable and credible academics concerned about the dismal state of public education.

In fact Politics, Markets and America's schools is a scholarly, yet accessible treatment of the factors that contribute to successful schools.

Moe and Chubb do cross-sectional studies of dozens existing studies that examine educational performance and come to their conclusions based upon real data, not ideology.

This book is not an attack on the concept public education, but instead is a critique of what public education has become and how it is structured. Moe and Chubb point out exactly why pubic education is failing and will continue to fail unless some fairly radical actions are taken.

If you want a book that provides a unbiased view of the state of public education (everything they said in 1990 is even more true today) and then makes concrete suggestions on how to improve it, then Politics, Market's and America's Schools is an excellent read that provides a great foundation for this very important debate.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Steven A. Peterson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 15, 2010
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How can we enhance students' performance in America's schools? This is a question raised by many people. One answer has been to enhance choice--whether through vouchers or charter schools or. . . .

One of the most important recent work advocating choice is Chubb and Moe's Politics, Markets, and America's Schools. They present a three part argument: (1) private schools have lower levels of bureaucratic influence; (2) less bureaucratic influence makes school organization more functional; (3) better organized schools produce greater achievement gains among their students. Three separate multiple regression statistical analyses provide modest support for their contentions.

While I do not see any evidence that there is one single "silver bullet" that can magically transform American schools, this book is important to look at as part of a wider dialogue. I think that choice by itself won't make a huge difference; however, it might be one part of a larger picture. And this book is an important component of that debate. . . .
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John E. Chubb and Terry M. Moe's book “Politics, Markets & America's Schools” (1990) provides the groundwork for the market-based approach and reform to public school education. Cited nearly 3,567 by scholars (as of December, 2014 on Google Scholar), this 6 chapter book has been the seminal piece utilized by pro-choice advocates as affirmation for a need to transform the public school education, starting with the governance system itself.
In the first chapter “The Root of the Problem,” the authors provides insight into the dismal, current state of the quality of education in the United States and the causes behind this status quo. The authors assert that U.S. is failing it students, as students underperform nationally and are outperformed globally. According to the authors, the current educational governance system, including teachers unions, politicians, school boards, superintendents, book publishers, testing services, administrators, professionals and “many other beneficiaries” (p.12) are the root cause for this status quo and needs to be transformed first, otherwise current initiatives to improve the quality of education will “fail” (p.18).
In Chapter 2, “An institution perspective of schools”, the authors provide a conceptual justification for why the current public school governance system isn't working, will continue to fail and propose an alternative governance system, such as the system employed by private schools, as a solution. Private schools, according to the authors, are free from the bureaucratic and political constraints of the current and traditional public school governance system.
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By caitlin on February 11, 2015
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