Eric S. Moskowitz

College of Wooster
Political Science

College of Wooster
400 E. University Street
Wooster, OH
USA
44691
emoskowitz@wooster.edu

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I have three primary research foci. First, I am constructing an evaluation and critique of the civic capacity approach to understanding urban educational reform. The critique argues that civic capacity interpretations under-emphasize the importance of power and conflict within the urban school policy process. This is particularly true with regard to racial issues. I am constructing this power critique in the context of a case study of educational reform in Chicago which contrasts a civic capacity interpretation of the case with one produced by neo-liberal theory. In addition, I am looking at the impact of the conservative shift in American politics (increasing role of corporate actors, rising rhetoric of the market, privatization of government programs, etc.) on education policy at the national and state levels. Lastly, I am looking at modern U.S. immigration reform attempts in 1986, 1996, 2006, and 2010 from the perspective of Smith and King's racial order framework.

Citation:
Moskowitz, Eric and Jeffrey Lantis. 2014. "Executive Decisions and Preventive War: Strategies of Intervention and Withdrawal in Iraq (2003-2011)." Contemporary Cases in U.S. Foreign Policy (pp. 66-100). Ralph Carter, ed. Washington, D.C.: CQ Press.
Abstract: A case study of the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act of 1976 was used to evaluate pluralism and elite theory. Both were found inadequate for explaining the full range of policy making behaviors. The article found that important cognitive images generated by the socio-economic structure significantly constrained the policy process.
Citation:
Moskowitz, Eric. 2000. "Wandering in the Arabian Desert with George Bush: A Study in Presidential Leadership." Classical and Modern Narratives of Leadership (pp. 103-141). Vivian Holliday, ed. Wauconda, IL: Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers.
Abstract: The article uses a case study of the decision making of the George H. W. Bush administration in response to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait to explore the value of a number of competing decision making theories. These included Barber's personality theory, the role of historical analogies, groupthink, and bureaucratic politics.
Citation:
Moskowitz, Eric and Jeffrey Lantis. 2014. "Executive Decisions and Preventive War: Strategies of Intervention and Withdrawal in Iraq (2003-2011)." Ralph Carter, ed. Contemporary Cases in U.S. Foreign Policy (pp. 66-100). Washington, D.C.: CQ Press.
Abstract: A detailed set of case studies of the decision making of the Bush administration to intervene initially in Iraq and the modification of that intervention with a troop surge. In addition, it looks at the decision making in both the Bush and Obama administrations on the withdrawal from Iraq. It highlights the difficulty of limiting presidential discretion in war making.

Substantive Focus:
Education Policy SECONDARY
Defense and Security
Social Policy
Urban Public Policy PRIMARY

Theoretical Focus:
Policy History SECONDARY
Policy Process Theory PRIMARY
Agenda-Setting, Adoption, and Implementation

Keywords

RACE POLICY EDUCATION FOREIGN POLICY PRESIDENCY URBAN DECISON MAKING