Author

Beedie

Date of Award

12-2007

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Political Science

First Advisor

Dr. Susan Hoffmann

Second Advisor

Dr. John A. Clark

Third Advisor

Dr. Eileen W. Buckley

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access

Abstract

My research will entail studying the political policy making process m reference to the education policy, No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The purpose of this Masters thesis is to take a more in-depth look of how the policy process functions, the steps used in the policy process, and if the steps are a valid process.

This study will look at the early. theories of the policy process. I am going to look at the classic works done by J. Leiper Freeman, Randall B. Ripley and Grace A. Franklin, and Theodore J. Lowi and their views on subgovemments. I will also consider the work of Garry D. Brewer, James E. Anderson and B. Guy Peters and their views on analyzing the policy process as a series of steps. This will be an empirical study; within this study their will be a literature review, an analysis of NCLB using each of the steps in the policy process, and lastly a look to where NCLB will go in the future after the reauthorization begins in 2007.

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