Does Government Need to Be Involved in Primary and Secondary Education: Evaluating Policy Options Using Market Role Assessment

Does Government Need to Be Involved in Primary and Secondary Education: Evaluating Policy Options Using Market Role Assessment

Does Government Need to Be Involved in Primary and Secondary Education: Evaluating Policy Options Using Market Role Assessment

Does Government Need to Be Involved in Primary and Secondary Education: Evaluating Policy Options Using Market Role Assessment

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Welcome to New Directions in Public Administration, a series by Garland Publishing designed to present the exciting work in public administration and to explore cross-cutting issues in public sector management.

It is a time of transition and reform for public administration in practice. Calls for performance-based management at all levels of government require managers to employ new constellations of tools, approaches, and techniques to deal effectively with an increasingly complex environment—one with global implications. Policy makers also require guidance on innovative approaches to addressing policy issues, the solutions to which seldom gain instant consensus.

It is also a time of transition and creativity in public administration theory. New Directions in Public Administration is an outlet for scholars who are pushing the theoretical envelope, exploring new techniques, investigating new issues, and building critical theory which explains and predicts political and managerial phenomena.

The first book in this series, Does Government Need to Be Involved in Primary and Secondary Education: Evaluating Policy Options Using Market Role Assessment, is by Michael T. Peddle of Northern Illinois University. Peddle operates under the assumption that primary and secondary education reform is an “ill-structured problem” which, until there is consensus on the definition of the problem, will continue to defy solution. He offers a problem-solving technique, market role assessment, to determine the role of the government in the reform process. He argues that this analytic framework has general application to a wide variety of public policy questions for which there is no consensus on the problem and for which there are multiple solutions. Peddle’s work demonstrates a new approach to perennial policy problems.

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