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For the purposes of this study, adoption is the process of moving from an initial policy proposal to its final form in an approved piece of legislation, regulation or other vehicle. Implementation, taken up in the next chapter, has to do with trying to get policy translated into practice. While there is a substantial literature in education on issues of implementation, much less has been written about the political process of adoption of education reform, and there are few useful conceptual frames available for looking at this aspect of reform. Commentaries on the ideas behind reform or on its effects on schools are much more common.