Where Critical Policy Meets the Politics of Education: An Introduction

Sarah Diem, Michelle D. Young, Carrie Sampson

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The study of educational politics and policy through a critical frame allows for a more nuanced, holistic understanding of the complexities associated with education policy, from creation through implementation to evaluation. The contributions to this special issue of Educational Policy illustrate the work of critical education policy scholars engaged in research focused at the federal, state, and local levels. In this introductory article, we introduce basic elements of critical policy analysis (CPA), including fundamental ontological and epistemological claims and their implications for investigating educational policy. From this foundation, we preview the articles included in this collection, highlighting their frameworks, methods, and focus.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-15
Number of pages13
JournalEducational Policy
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019


  • critical policy analysis
  • educational policy
  • politics of education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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