Research in urban school politics is substantially shaped by the central concerns in political science. In his seminal article in the American Political Science Review that marked the beginning of the field of school politics, Thomas Eliot (1959) developed a research agenda for the “continuing analysis of how the schools are run and who runs them” (p. 1032). Studies at the local level, according to Eliot, would include “structural analysis” of how districts are organized, “behavioral analysis” that examines the impact of professional and citizen leadership and interest-group activities on policy decisions, and voting analysis on elections and bond issues. Since then, generations of political analysts have conducted systematic investigations of these issues, which ...
The New Politics of Urban Schools
The new politics of urban schools