Higher Education in Ethiopia

Structural Inequalities and Policy Responses

  • Tebeje┬áMolla

Part of the Education Policy & Social Inequality book series (EPSI, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
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  3. Context

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
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  4. Problem

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 59-59
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  5. Policy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-123
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About this book


This book focuses on higher education in Ethiopia, analysing persisting inequalities and policy responses against the backdrop of the extensive expansion and reform that the system has experienced in recent years. Drawing on empirical data generated through interviews, policy reviews and focus-group discussions, it explicates factors of structural inequality ranging from neoliberal policy orientations to repressive gender culture and geo-political peripherality. 

In a departure from conventional studies that consider policy a response to social problems, the book takes a critical perspective to show the constitutive role of policy, and explains how the representation of the problem of social inequality undermines equity policy outcomes in Ethiopian higher education. Not only does the book problematise the framing of the problem of inequality in the system, it also outlines strategies for designing transformative equity instruments.  In explaining structural factors of inequality and equity provisions, the book productively combines sociological concepts with historical accounts and political economy insights. 

Given the increased economic optimism associated with higher education in sub-Saharan Africa and the neoliberal ideals underpinning much of the restructuring of the system in the region, this is a timely and important contribution that sheds light on the social justice implications and consequences of such changes. It offers fresh accounts of largely neglected qualitative cases of inequality, making it a valuable read for students and researchers in the areas of Ethiopian education policy studies, international and comparative education, and international development.


Amartya Sen Capability Approach Capability Deprivation Education funding Educational justice Higher Education in Africa Higher Education in Ethiopia Knowledge Economy Persisting Inequalities in Higher Education Pierre Bourdieu Policy Silences Poverty Reduction Strategy Structural Inequality in Higher Education Widening Access in Higher Education affirmative action admission policy critical policy sociology inequality as a policy issue policy responses to inequality policy responses to inequality in higher education public universities in Ethiopia

Authors and affiliations

  • Tebeje┬áMolla
    • 1
  1. 1.Deakin UniversityGeelongAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-7931-3
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-7933-7
  • Series Print ISSN 2520-1476
  • Series Online ISSN 2520-1484
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