We would like to thank Kathryn Borman for having the faith and gumption to entrust this new book series to us. We have learned a good deal from her work, and we hope this first volume carries forward her critical insights into policy formation. Several people have contributed to the development of this volume, through the example of their own work or through helpful commentaries on earlier drafts of the introduction. In this regard, we thank Kathryn Anderson-Levitt, Sheila Arens, Robert Arnove, Harbans Bhola, Mark Ginsburg, G. Alfred Hess, Amy Stambach, and the participants in the Educational Policy Seminar in the School of Education, Indiana University. For their help with communication and manuscript preparation, we thank Sandy Strain, Cindy Wedemeyer, and Ana Patricia Elvir. Finally, we thank our families for their forbearance in sharing the trials and tribulations that accompany a complex international volume of this sort.