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Higher Education, Stratification, and Workforce Development

Competitive Advantage in Europe, the US, and Canada

  • Sheila Slaughter
  • Barrett Jay Taylor


  • Provides a critique of the current market fundamentalism when many trading blocks and national systems are facing severe fiscal constraint

  • Offers potential to leverage key concepts in policy formation and contributes to future research

  • Ensures broad applicability for a range of readerships through a variety of methods, including strong quantitative analyses, qualitative studies, and scholarly essays


Part of the Higher Education Dynamics book series (HEDY, volume 45)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Sheila Slaughter, Barrett J. Taylor
    Pages 1-10
  3. Patterns of Stratification

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Simon Marginson
      Pages 13-34
    3. Ilkka Kauppinen, Lindsay Coco, Hyejin Choi, Lucia Brajkovic
      Pages 35-57
    4. Barrett J. Taylor, Kelly O. Rosinger, Sheila Slaughter
      Pages 103-123
  4. Senior Management, Trustees, and Policymakers

  5. Students, Curriculum, and Faculty

  6. Counter-Trends

About this book


This work analyses how political economic shifts contribute to competition within higher education systems in the US, EU, and Canada. The authors highlight competition for prestige and public and private subsidies, exploring the consequences of these processes through theoretical and empirical analyses. Accordingly, the work highlights topics that will be of interest to a wide range of audiences. Concepts addressed include stratification, privatization of formerly public subsidies, preference for “high tech” academic fields, and the vocationalization of the curriculum (i.e., Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics: [STEM] fields, selected professions, and business) rather than the liberal arts or the Humboldtian vision of the university. Across national contexts and analytic methods, authors analyze the growth of national policies that see universities as a sub set of economic development, casting universities as corporate research laboratories and education as central to job creation. Throughout the volume, the authors make the case that national and regional approaches to politics and markets result in different experiences of consequences of academic capitalism. While these shifts serve the interests of some institutions, others find themselves struggling to meet ever-greater expectations with stagnant or shrinking resource bases.


Academic capitalism Competition within higher education Humboldtian vision of the university STEM fields University-industry partnerships Vocationalization of the curriculum

Editors and affiliations

  • Sheila Slaughter
    • 1
  • Barrett Jay Taylor
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Higher EducationUniversity of GeorgiaAthensUSA
  2. 2.College of EducationUniversity of North TexasDentonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Higher Education, Stratification, and Workforce Development
  • Book Subtitle Competitive Advantage in Europe, the US, and Canada
  • Editors Sheila Slaughter
    Barrett Jay Taylor
  • Series Title Higher Education Dynamics
  • Series Abbreviated Title Higher Education Dynamics
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-21511-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-35521-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-21512-9
  • Series ISSN 1571-0378
  • Series E-ISSN 2215-1923
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VI, 360
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Higher Education
    International and Comparative Education
    Educational Policy and Politics
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