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Globalization and Change in Higher Education

The Political Economy of Policy Reform in Europe

Authors: Barrett, Beverly

  • Examines reforms in higher education policy from a political economy perspective
  • Analyses trends of reform and policy implementation across a range of EU member states, with in depth analysis of policy reform in Portugal and Spain
  • Explores these changes in relation to broader trends in economic development, globalization, and Europeanization
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About this book

This book sets out political economy explanations for higher education policy reform in Europe in the initial decades of the 21st century. With a sustained focus on the national level of policy implementation, institutional change is considered in relationship to broader trends in economic development and globalization. Since the concept of a “Europe of Knowledge” was presented by the European Commission in 1997, the pursuit of global competitiveness sets the context for the international initiative of the Bologna Process that has created the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). Growing from 29 to 48 participating countries, there are three core explanations for change in the policy process: globalization (economic), intergovernmentalism (political), and Europeanization (social). As part of multi-method research analysis, this book presents qualitative case studies on Portugal and Spain to consider points of comparison, including national governance history and modernization of higher education institutions. The structure of government in these countries affects the policy reforms. Ultimately, the Bologna Process serves as a model for integration of higher education reform in other world regions. This book is essential reading for students, researchers, and policy makers in the fields of education, economics, and public policy.

About the authors

Beverly Barrett is Visiting Assistant Professor in Global Studies at the Bauer College of Business and the Hobby School of Public Affairs at the University of Houston, USA. Her research focuses on regional integration, international trade, governance, and higher education policy.

Reviews

“The European Higher Education Area was declared fully implemented in 2010 but there is still a strong demand for critical analyses of its consequences and level of implementation. This book presents an original contribution by using political economy to analyse the implementation of the Bologna process in two distinct European countries with substantial differences in its level of centralisation of higher education administration.” (Alberto Amaral, University of Porto and CIPES, Portugal)

“Explains how the processes of globalization, intergovernmentalism, and Europeanization have shaped higher education in Europe. A careful analysis reveals how the changes in higher education complement the Single Market and are shaping the region in the 21st century.” (David W. Ellwood, Johns Hopkins University SAIS Europe)

“This closer look at the Iberian countries reveals the importance of the Bologna Process to modernize higher education in Portugal and in Spain, which has a unique government structure with its autonomous communities. These changes in higher education also influence the Ibero-American countries, and those beyond, as they pursue competitiveness in the global knowledge-based economy today and in the future.” (Miguel Ángel Fernandez de Mazarambroz, Retired Ambassador of the Kingdom of Spain)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Background on Higher Education Policy in Europe

    Barrett, Beverly

    Pages 1-9

  • Institutions and Ideas: The Political, Economic, and Social Context for the Bologna Process

    Barrett, Beverly

    Pages 11-34

  • Historical Institutionalism and Change in Higher Education

    Barrett, Beverly

    Pages 35-55

  • The Dual Roles of Higher Education Institutions in the Knowledge Economy

    Barrett, Beverly

    Pages 57-73

  • The Context for Higher Education Attainment: A Quantitative Assessment

    Barrett, Beverly

    Pages 75-107

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-52368-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-52367-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Globalization and Change in Higher Education
Book Subtitle
The Political Economy of Policy Reform in Europe
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-52368-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-52368-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-52367-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIX, 323
Number of Illustrations and Tables
10 b/w illustrations
Topics