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Reshaping the UniversityThe Rise of the Regulated Market in Higher Education$
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David Palfreyman and Ted Tapper

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199659821

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199659821.001.0001

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From Public Good to Market-Place

From Public Good to Market-Place

From Provider State to Regulatory State

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(p.257) 12 From Public Good to Market-Place
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Reshaping the University
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David Palfreyman

Ted Tapper

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199659821.003.0012

This chapter presents to the reader three interrelated themes. Firstly, it provides a synopsis of our understanding of the concept of the state-regulated market along with an overview of what model of higher education it has been instrumental in creating and now sustains. Secondly, we examine two comparative issues: the challenge that the new model of English higher education poses to the traditional understanding of the idea of the university (a present and past comparison), and whether developments in English higher education are so very different from those in other national systems (a brief transnational perspective). Thirdly, it speculates on the course of future trends in English higher education and, in particular, addresses the question of whether the state-regulated market will continue to constitute the mechanism for relating government via the quasi-state to the HEIs in order to shape the overall character of the system of higher education.

Keywords:   continuity, established mechanism, free market, future trends, comparative perspective, flexibility, pragmatism, negotiation

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