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Public-private substitution in higher education : has cost-sharing gone too far?

Carpentier, Vincent (2012) Public-private substitution in higher education : has cost-sharing gone too far? Higher Education Quarterly, 66 (4). pp. 363-390. ISSN 0951-5224. DOI 10.1111/j.1468-2273.2012.00534.x

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This paper looks at the current challenge facing higher education by exploring the historical relationship between higher education funding and long economic cycles in the UK, USA and France. It examines the consequence of the transformation of public-private income in higher education that followed the 1970s downturn, questioning whether the rise of private resources acted as additional or substitutive resources for public spending. The paper suggests that there is a risk that the cost-sharing strategy could be turned into a policy of public-private substitution of funding and provision, leading to a transfer rather than an increase of resources with strong implications on quality and equity. However, the Kondratiev cycle suggests an alternative route by designating the impact of the 1970s economic downturn on education as unique. Previous economic crises were contemporary of accelerations of public funding towards education which in fact contributed to economic recovery. The current crisis could represent an opportunity to revive counter-cyclical policy by looking not only at efficient public spending but also at developing fairer taxation. A revival of public funding complemented by an additional rather than substitutive diversification of income would rebalance the public-private structure of funding and drive a sustainable higher education system capable of playing a key part in these counter-cyclical transformations.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Following the recent reforms in higher education and the uncertain times, this special issue of the journal invited some researchers in higher education studies to look at the potential developments in higher education policy and their implications for institutions.
Controlled Keywords: higher education, Governance and policy, Disciplines, Society
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Lifelong and Comparative Education
Depositing User: Atira Pure
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2013 01:57
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2015 13:03
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