Edition 196 - August 2017

Universities and the Production of Elites

Bloch, R., Mitterle, A., Paradeise, C., Peter, T. Universities and the Production of Elites - Discourses, Policies, and Strategies of Excellence and Stratification in Higher Education. Palgrave Macmillan 2017, ISBN 9783319539706, Pages: 392

The book- Universities and the Production of Elites - Discourses, Policies, and Strategies of Excellence and Stratification in Higher Education, explores how universities as organizations influence and construct the production of academic elites and elitist institutions. It analyses the role played by the reorganization of higher education (HE) institutions, stimulated by new performance-based narratives aimed at building attractiveness towards stakeholders such as governments, prospective employers, academics, and students. Based on American, European, and Asian case studies of HE systems and institutions considered at various scales, the volume analyses the consequences of increasing competition between HE institutions which are facing challenges such as the internationalization of higher education supply, the shortage of public resources and the structural changes of labour market demands. It argues that policy discourses and tools, as well as assessment devices such as rankings and accreditation, incentivise HE institutions to develop positioning strategies that contribute to stratification and the production of elites. It will be of great interest to students and researchers in the fields of higher education, sociology, and education policy.

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