Building Civic Capacity: The Politics of Reforming Urban Schools / Edition 1

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"Scholars and activists are finally moving beyond debates over whether to seek policy change through 'top down' or 'bottom up' strategies. The answer, of course, is both at the same time. This book shows us why, and how, to do that. With luck it will reshape the fields not only of education policy but also of urban politics more generally."—Jennifer L. Hochschild, author of Facing Up to the American Dream

"Four of the nation's keenest intellects give us a road map to solving one of our most vexing problems."—John Mollenkopf, author of A Phoenix in the Ashes and The Contested City

"This incisive and well-argued book is a breath of fresh air in the school reform debates."—Margaret Weir, author of Schooling for All

Author Biography: Clarence N. Stone is professor of government and politics at the University of Maryland. His books include Changing Urban Education and Regime Politics.

Jeffrey R. Henig is professor of political science and department chair at George Washington University. His books include The Color of School Reform and Rethinking School Choice.

Bryan D. Jones is professor of political science and director of the Center for American Politics and Public Policy at the University of Washington. His books include Reconceiving Decision-Making in Democratic Politics.

Carol Pierannunzi is professor of political science and international affairs at Kennesaw State University and coauthor of Politics in Georgia.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700611188
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Series: Studies in Government and Public Policy Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 The Scope of the Problem 10
2 The Challenge of Change in Complex Policy Subsystems 32
3 The Urban Context: A First Look at the Case Cities 55
4 Civic Mobilization in Eleven Cities 74
5 Conducting Policy in an Ill-Structured Problem Space 100
6 Civic Mobilization and Policy Effort 123
7 Implications and Recommendations 141
Notes 169
Index 191
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