Despite the Odds
The Contentious Politics of Education Reform
By (author) Merilee Serrill Grindle
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Despite the Odds by Merilee Serrill Grindle
Book DescriptionDespite the Odds poses an important question: How can we account for successful policy reform initiatives when the political cards are stacked against change? Theories of politics usually predict that reform initiatives will be unsuccessful when powerful groups are opposed to change and institutions are biased against it. This book, however, shows how the strategic choices of reform proponents alter the destinies of policy reforms by reshaping power equations and undermining institutional biases that impede change. In many countries, the political path to reform can be daunting. Antireform interests are powerful and support for change is, at best, lukewarm. Centrally important institutions strongly defend the policy status quo. Despite these political odds, reformers have seized the initiative in promoting reform, weakening and marginalizing opposition groups, and marshaling political patrons and networks to advance their initiatives. Despite the Odds opens the "black box" of decision making in five initiatives designed to enhance the quality of education services in Latin America. The book addresses the strategies used by reformers to manage the political process of change and those adopted by opposition groups and institutions resisting their efforts. Individual chapters consider how leaders set national policy agendas for education, how policy design teams created the content of reform initiatives, how they dealt with the messy and public confrontations that greeted reform proposals when they were announced, and the carryover of political conflict when they were implemented.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780691118000
(229mm x 152mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 25-Jun-2004
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Merilee Serrill Grindle
Blood of Brothers, Paperback (September 2007)
A dramatic story of the centuries-old power struggle that burst into the headlines in 1979 with the overthrow of the Somoza dictatorship. It is a vibrant portrait of the Nicaraguan people and their volcanic land, a cultural history rich in poetry and bloodshed, baseball and insurrection.
Proclaiming Revolution, Paperback (October 2003)
Presents interpretations of the causes of the revolution in Bolivia of 1952 and compares them to the great social transformations that occurred in France, Mexico, Russia, China and Cuba. The essays also examine the political, social and economic development of the country after the revolution.
Challenging the State, Hardback (February 1996)View all books by Merilee Serrill Grindle
This book examines the development of Latin America and Africa in the face of challenging political and economic crises.
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Author Biography - Merilee Serrill Grindle
Merilee S. Grindle is Edward S. Mason Professor of International Development at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
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