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This book examines changing education policy in five settings in industrialized, English-speaking countries. It looks at national policy in New Zealand and England, at the US state of Minnesota, and at the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Manitoba. Each case examines a program of reform that occurred over a period of years – in some cases over the term of more than one government. The book focuses on the sources of reforms, the politics of their adoption and implementation, and on their outcomes in an attempt to examine the possibilities and limits of education reform.