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Wirt, Frederick M.

Works: 53 works in 208 publications in 1 language and 7,812 library holdings
Genres: Case studies  Conference papers and proceedings  Periodicals 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Interviewer
Classifications: LC89, 379.73
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Most widely held works by Frederick M Wirt
The search for community power by Willis D Hawley( Book )

18 editions published between 1968 and 1974 in English and held by 904 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Schools in conflict : the politics of education by Frederick M Wirt( Book )

17 editions published between 1982 and 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 752 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Politics of Southern equality; law and social change in a Mississippi county by Frederick M Wirt( Book )

17 editions published between 1970 and 2017 in English and held by 668 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This path-breaking text deals with the effects of federal civil rights legislation on the behavior and attitudes of the inhabitants of a single county in Mississippi--Panola County. These effects are examined in the three civil rights areas of voting, education, and economic opportunities. By using this smaller example, Frederick M. Wirt's broader interest is to show how legislation can be used to effect social change on a large scale. The need to substitute empirical knowledge for abstract speculation motivates Wirt's study. Wirt restricts his study to one county but with conclusions on comparative studies that illumine the emerging political sociology of the South. The author sketches the historical setting of Panola County, emphasizing on the demographic, economic, and political developments in recent decades. He then examines what has actually happened in race relations as an effect of civil rights laws affecting votes, schools, and jobs. Wirt utilizes documentary material from federal, state, and county sources; local newspapers; and records from business and other groups. But his closer understanding comes from personal interviews. Because federal law is the dynamic factor setting the social system in movement, the author explains the interactions between public opinion, the President, and the Congress, which in the end resulted in the laws on votes, schools, and jobs. He also deals with the differing machinery of sanctions and enforcement. Law has a huge effect on social change; and Wirt draws from his empirical study a systematic, inclusive statement of the factors affecting compliance with law, in conditions of conventional biases."--Provided by publisher
On the city's rim: politics and policy in suburbia by Frederick M Wirt( Book )

8 editions published in 1972 in English and held by 626 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

School desegregation in the North; the challenge and the experience by Thomas Bentley Edwards( Book )

5 editions published between 1967 and 1968 in English and held by 548 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Power in the city : decision making in San Francisco by Frederick M Wirt( Book )

13 editions published between 1974 and 1978 in English and held by 544 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This study attempts to apply contemporary political science theories to an analysis of the politics of San Francisco in the 1970'S. Data for the study was gathered through personal interviews with knowledgeable observers and participants in San Francisco politics, through an extensive review of various governmental reports and data, and through firsthand study of transaction patterns in the political, business, labor, ethnic, and historical life of the city. Major sections of the book discuss the city as concept and history, channels to the political system, the mobile of governance, the politics of income, ethnic dimensions of decisionmaking, and extramural forces and local autonomy. In an appendix, the author provides a separate discussion of the theoretical concepts and methods of analysis he employs throughout the book. (Jg)
We ain't what we was : civil rights in the new South by Frederick M Wirt( Book )

6 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 507 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When officials of the U.S. Department of Justice came in 1961 to Panola County in the Mississippi Delta, they found a closed society in which race relations had not altered significantly since Reconstruction. Much has changed, however, in Mississippi in the past three decades, as Frederick Wirt demonstrates in "We Ain't What We Was," a remarkable look inside the New South. In this follow-up to his highly praised 1970 study of Panola County, The Politics of Southern Equality, Wirt shows how the implementation of civil rights law over the past quarter-century altered racial reality, which in turn altered white perceptions, and thus behavior and attitudes, in a section of the country where segregation and prejudice had been most thoroughly entrenched
Culture and education policy in the American states by Catherine Marshall( Book )

9 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 386 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A research project that developed methods for describing, organizing, analyzing, and predicting state education policy activity had as its major focus the way that values affect that policy. Data were drawn from six states: Wisconsin, Illinois, California, Arizona, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. They were chosen to represent ranges of political cultures and regions, fiscal stress, and a variety of formal structures. Some of the data were drawn from documents and observation, but most came from interviews with the key policy actors in each state. The book is organized in seven chapters: (1) "a Cultural Framework for Studying State Policy"; (2) "The Subculture of State Education Policy-makers"; (3) "State Policy Mechanisms as Cultural Products"; (4) "Public Values in the Policy Culture"; (5) "Political Culture and Policy Patterns among the States"; (6) "Cultural Values Embedded in Statutes"; and (7) "Understanding Cultural Influences on Educational Policy." Appendices describe the research design and methodology, interview protocol, seven major policy domains for k-12 education policy, and interview forms. An index is appended. (142 references, 32 tables, 20 figures) (mlf)
The political web of American schools by Frederick M Wirt( Book )

6 editions published in 1972 in English and held by 371 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Political and social foundations of education by Frederick M Wirt( Book )

10 editions published between 1972 and 1975 in English and held by 330 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book offers a comprehensive analysis and description of the political aspects of American education, utilizing both empirical data and case studies on the politics of education. Included are two case studies of recent school policies, which focus on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (esea) of 1965 and the school desegregation movement. There is also a review of the literature that describes the work of political scientists and scholars in educational administration and suggests directions for further research. This book was previously published under the title, "The Political Web of American Schools"; this current edition has been updated to include an analysis of school governance under conditions of declining enrollment and resources. Individual chapters focus in turn on schools and the political system, schools and system support, the origins and agents of demand inputs, access channels to school policy-making, the local conversion process, the role of referenda in the conversion process, the state conversion process, the esea and intergovernmental relations, southern school desegregation, curricular decisions in the political system, and the politics of schools in retrospect and prospect. (Jg)
Introductory problems in political research by Frederick M Wirt( Book )

9 editions published in 1970 in English and Undetermined and held by 306 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Education, recession, and the world village : a comparative political economy of education by Frederick M Wirt( Book )

9 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 302 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

New dimensions of freedom in America by Frederick M Wirt( Book )

4 editions published in 1969 in English and held by 294 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Polity of the school : new research in educational politics( Book )

7 editions published in 1975 in English and held by 279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Political science and school politics : the princes and pundits( Book )

5 editions published between 1976 and 1986 in English and held by 265 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Future directions in community power research: a colloquium by Frederick M Wirt( Book )

7 editions published in 1971 in English and held by 226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This compilation of symposium papers on community power structure research focuses on the theme that community power structure research must shift away from case study methods and move toward aggregate data analysis. Advocating comparative analysis, seven authors present their views under the following topics: (1) Charles R. Adrian, "Several Loose Ends in Theory Building"; (2) Charles M. Bonjean, "Dimensions of Power Structure: Some Problems in Conceptualization and Measurement"; (3) Terry N. Clark, "Community Structure, Decisionmaking, Budget Expenditures, and Urban Renewal in 51 American Communities"; (4) Floyd Hunter, "The Application of Computers to Community Power Study"; (5) Harry M. Scoble, "Where the Pluralists Went Wrong"; (6) G. Ross Stephens, "The Power Grid of the Metropolis"; (7) John Walton, "Why Study Power Structures? A Critique and a Theoretical Proposal" and "An Exploratory Study of Decisionmaking and Development in a Mexican City". Discussion sessions are also included. (Jf)
The political dynamics of American education by Frederick M Wirt( Book )

7 editions published between 1997 and 2009 in English and held by 216 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The missing link in instructional leadership : the superintendent, conflict, and maintenance by Frederick M Wirt( Book )

3 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 82 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alternative state policy mechanisms for pursuing educational quality, equity, efficiency, and choice goals : final report by Douglas E Mitchell( Book )

2 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This paper reports a 2-year study of education policy that sought to identify, describe, and analyze the essential building blocks of state-level education policy and to discover the factors responsible for creating differences among states in their use of these elements to construct an overall framework for school regulation and support. Sample selection for the study involved two analytical levels: identification of a sample of six state policy systems, and selection of 140 key actors within those states for interview and survey data collection. The six states are: Arizona, California, Illinois, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Wisconsin. After an executive summary, chapter 1 outlines the background for the study of state education policy systems and lists 26 references. Chapter 2 describes the research design and methodology for the study and lists 18 references. Chapter 3 examines the state policy mechanisms of ranking, attention, and knowledgeability. Chapter 4 looks at competing approaches to seven alternative state policy mechanisms. The fifth chaper explores values in legislative codes and cites nine references. Chapter 6 examines political culture values of state education policymakers and cites 32 references. Chapter 7 looks at state statistical profiles that illuminate educational policy in the six sample states. The eighth chapter describes public values as origins of policy actions. Chapter 9 explores the influence, power, and policymaking processes and lists nine references. The final chapter examines assumptive worlds and education policymakers and cites 37 references. A total of 65 tables, 40 figures, and 10 appendices containing the study instruments and data collection forms are included. (Wth)
Multiple paths for understanding "The Role of values in state policy" by Frederick M Wirt( Book )

3 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a comparative analysis of values in state education policy, this paper demonstrates the need for a multifaceted methodology to understand the complexity that characterizes state sociopolitical systems. The paper refers to a study of education policy values among six states in its analysis. Identifying values and their influence form the central research questions in policy analysis. The methodology of quantitative covariation measures variables to account for policy variations; however, the focus upon selected realities excludes non-quantifiable variables of theoretical relevance. Code analysis focuses on state statutes and upon content analysis to derive historical values' interrelationships. Most states have altered value emphasis over recent decades, although the value of choice persists. Constituents' values influence policy elite through broad and narrow concerns. Quantitative and code analyses examine substative policies, but a third path describes the process that produces them. The process-oriented method deals with the perceived influence of constituents' values upon policymakers and discovers their implicit assumptive worlds. A handful of central domains can structure the assumptive worlds that are embedded within the myriad of informal accounts that appear within and among the states; analysis elucidates cultural elements in policy context. A multiple approach maximizes methodologies that ask different questions to yield different answers about complex interactions of behavior and value in political systems. Twenty-eight references are appended. (Cjh)
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We ain't what we was : civil rights in the new South
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