Handbook on the Politics of Higher Education

Edited by Brendan Cantwell, Associate Professor of Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education, Department of Educational Administration, Michigan State University, US, Hamish Coates, Tenured Professor, Tsinghua University's Institute of Education, and Deputy Director, Tsinghua University Global Research Centre for the Assessment of College and Student Development, China and Roger King, Visiting Professor, School of Management, University of Bath, UK

Understanding the politics of Higher Education is becoming more important as the sector is increasingly recognised as a vital source of innovation, skills, economic prosperity, and personal wellbeing. Yet key political differences remain over such issues as who should pay for higher education, how should it be accountable, and how we measure its quality and productivity. Particularly, are states or markets the key in helping to address such matters. The Handbook provides framing perspectives and perspectives, chapters on funding, governance and regulation, and pieces on the political economy of higher education and on the increased role of external stakeholders and indicators.

‘The Handbook on the Politics of Higher Education contains informative studies introducing the political system of higher education in the context of globalization and internationalization.Overall, the book is systematic and comprehensive, and contributes to understanding various political and economic relations in higher education. It also adds to stakeholders’ understanding of the changing trends in higher education. In short, the advantages of this book are clear: it has comprehensive content and multidimensional
– Li Fengliang, Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management

‘An impressive feature of the Handbook on the Politics of Higher Education is the elegant economy with which it incorporates multiplicity, ambiguity and contestation into clear conceptual and organisational frameworks, beginning with a simple two-way matrix comprising social analysis, social action; rational choice, power and conflict. The array of international contributors includes, amongst others, political theorists and political scientists, economists and sociologists, administrators, managers, institutional leaders, finance specialists and policy advisers. They draw on their higher education research, scholarship, consultancy, practice and policy development in Asia-Pacific, Europe, North America, and Africa, as well as Latin America and the Middle East.’
– Mary Henkel, retired from Brunel University London, UK

‘The Handbook on the Politics of Higher Education is much the best available collection of its kind and the editors are to be congratulated. Topic coverage by the distinguished group of contributors is great, and starting with Brian Pusser’s brilliant opening chapter, that sweeps across the field, there’s a real excitement in much of the writing. This is sharp and authoritative analysis of the politics of higher education, like a coiled spring, for an increasingly political time—a time in which universities themselves are likely to become more political in future.’
– Simon Marginson, University College London, ESRC/HEFCE Centre for Global Higher Education and Editor-in-Chief, Higher Education

‘Politics surrounds academic life. The state, the organization, its actors, and the policies that get developed in tertiary education all function by way of political frameworks. What makes this Handbook useful is not only that it is comprehensive, but also that it crosses national boundaries and provides a geopolitical understanding to complex topics. The authors are experts in the field and the topic is of timely import. Thoughtful. Useful. Provocative.’
– William G. Tierney, University of Southern California, US

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