Preschool Policymaking by Stealth: Application of an Alternative Framework for the Policy Process

Erin P. Sugrue, Elizabeth B Lightfoot

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Abstract

This study uses the design and passage of universal preschool in two states, Oklahoma and West Virginia, to present an alternative framework for understanding the policy process, Policymaking by Stealth, and demonstrate its usefulness both in expanding the understanding of the politics of public preschool and as a tool for social work policy practice. An overview of the current state of preschool policy in the United States and the political history of federal preschool policy is presented first to provide context to the analysis, followed by an introduction to the analytic framework, and then a formal analysis of the policy passage processes in the two states via the lens of Policymaking by Stealth. The contributions of this new framework to the study of the policy process in general and the practice of policymaking in complex political contexts are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)332-350
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Policy Practice
Volume16
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2 2017

Keywords

  • Policymaking by stealth
  • policy practice
  • policy process
  • public policy
  • universal preschool

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