Higher Education, Stratification, and Workforce Development

Competitive Advantage in Europe, the US, and Canada

  • Sheila Slaughter
  • Barrett Jay Taylor

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

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-21511-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-21512-9
  • Series Print ISSN 1571-0378
  • Series Online ISSN 2215-1923
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