Is education non-partisan? : effects of partisan politics on state education expenditures
Thesis (M.P.P.)--Georgetown University, 2011.; Includes bibliographical references.; Text (Electronic thesis) in PDF format. Education in the United States is a state-level responsibility. Each state is thus able to organize and operate its education system differently, which creates variety in the structure of education and also in education expenditures. A range of variables may explain the variation in state education expenditures; this study examines the effects of party differences. The study pools longitudinal state-level data on education expenditures and political party affiliation of the state executive and legislative branches, and it uses fixed effects regression models to assess the effects of party affiliations on expenditures. It finds that while Democrats are perceived to be more liberal in spending and Republicans are alleged to spend less, education expenditures are not affected by political party in a consistent manner, though there are some effects at the region level.
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