Higher Education in Societies

A Multi Scale Perspective

  • Gaële Goastellec
  • France Picard

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Gaële Goastellec, France Picard
    Pages 1-8
  3. Sheldon Rothblatt
    Pages 17-31
  4. Simon Marginson
    Pages 51-71
  5. Rómulo Pinheiro
    Pages 113-125
  6. Madalena Fonseca, Sara Encarnação, Elsa Justino
    Pages 127-147
  7. Jake Murdoch, Christine Guégnard, Maarten Koomen, Christian Imdorf, Sandra Hupka-Brunner
    Pages 149-169
  8. France Picard, Pierre Canisius Kamanzi, Julie Labrosse
    Pages 171-182
  9. Agnès van Zanten, Amélia Legavre
    Pages 183-203
  10. France Picard, Gaële Goastellec
    Pages 205-210
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 211-214

About this book


Universities are not only economic engines but societal ones. This book interrogates the embeddedness of Higher Education (HE) systems in national social contracts, and discusses how their renegotiation is at play in the organisation of students’ access to universities. Structured around the central concept of the social contract, the growing recognition of the role of HE in its implementation, and regulations governing both individual and collective access, Higher Education in Societies: A Multiscale Perspective, explores the shifting mission of HE over the years from one thought to produce an elite to one of distributive justice by presenting research at the macro, meso and micro levels. In bringing together researchers from different countries, continents, and disciplines to study the same issue through a multiscale analysis, this book forms the starting line for further theoretical and methodological debate on the value of weaving together different approaches to the study of HE, including historical, comparative, sociological, organisational, institutional, quantitative, and qualitative.


Universities access public goods social contract transformation of Higher Education systems

Editors and affiliations

  • Gaële Goastellec
    • 1
  • France Picard
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Social and Political SciencesUniversité de LausanneSwitzerland
  2. 2.Faculty of Education at Université LavalCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-6209-746-9
  • Copyright Information SensePublishers-Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2014
  • Publisher Name SensePublishers, Rotterdam
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Online ISBN 978-94-6209-746-9
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