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Reshaping the University: The Rise of the Regulated Market in Higher Education

David Palfreyman and Ted Tapper


The book’s central goal is to understand the development of higher education in contemporary England. At the core of the political steering of English higher education is a state-regulated market that functions under government control. The book places this argument in a historical context and maintains that, although this is a steering mechanism that is associated with the current Coalition Government, it has evolved steadily in recent years under governments of different political persuasion. However, although development is steered from the centre, the intention is not to dictate to individ ... More

Keywords: state-regulated market, price competition, public funding, research agenda, diverse model, for-profit providers

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Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199659821
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199659821.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Palfreyman, author
Bursar and Fellow, New College, University of Oxford

Ted Tapper, author
Emeritus Professor of Politics, University of Sussex

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Part I British Higher Education as a System: Shifting Perceptions, Changing Realities

Part II The Pressures for Change: Internal and External

Part III Responding to Change: Organizational Fragmentation

Part IV Towards the Free Market: English Higher Education 2020

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