The Origins of the Higher Education Market: From Theories of Capitalism to an Extrapolation of Clark’s Triangle

By Nicolas Gachon.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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This paper addresses the problematics of the higher education market in light of the theories and concepts of the emergence and development of capitalism, i.e. as the inevitable offspring of the sprawl of capitalism or, alternatively, as the conjunctural product of globalization. The theoretical existence of pre-capitalistic, pre-global higher education markets, or the absence thereof, are determining factors in tracing continuity vs. discontinuity and in fathoming whether global competition is fuelled by opportunity or by necessity. The author looks at the interactions between regional interests, public regulation and market incentives to make the case that competition between higher education “systems” - as opposed to higher education “institutions” - can be very indicative of the real nature of higher education markets.

Keywords: Higher Education Markets, Academic Capitalism, Higher Education Systems

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp.31-40. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 734.644KB).

Nicolas Gachon

Université de Montpellier III, Montpellier, France

Nicolas Gachon’s research is on the adjustment of higher education to market norms, particularly through internationalization, with a focus on the impact of globalization on governance mechanisms at institutional level, and on public policy at a more systemic level. Nicolas Gachon is a faculty member at the Université de Montpellier III (France). He has held several academic and diplomatic positions in the United States and in Canada.


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