The Semantics of State Policy Making: The Case of “At Risk”

  title={The Semantics of State Policy Making: The Case of “At Risk”},
  author={Margaret Placier},
  journal={Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis},
  pages={380 - 395}
  • Margaret Placier
  • Published 1 December 1993
  • Political Science
  • Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis
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