Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts


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


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.