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Bringing the Private into the Public: Changing the Rules of the Game and New Regime Politics in Philadelphia Public Education

Using the lens of urban regime analysis, this article examines the Philadelphia education regime and the policies it has promoted resulting from the state takeover of the district in 2001. The author determines that although decision making is highly centralized inder the governing coalition, the role of private actors helps to define the regime as a ‘contracting regime,’ in which public-private interactions shapes the political and policy context.