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The University, State, and Market: The Political Economy of Globalization in the Americas


reviewed by Philip G. Altbach June 07, 2006

coverTitle: The University, State, and Market: The Political Economy of Globalization in the Americas
Author(s): Robert A. Rhoads and Carlos Alberto Torres (Eds.)
Publisher: Stanford University Press, Stanford, CA
ISBN: 0804751692, Pages: 359, Year: 2006
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Seeking to analyze globalization in its various manifestations is not an easy task, particularly when definitions are not very clear and many of the participants in the discussion seem to be operating with differing assumptions. Nonetheless, Robert A. Rhoads and Carlos Alberto Torres have brought together a group of thoughtful analysts who write from a broadly critical stance on the impact of globalization on higher education in the Americas. The strength of the book is in the analytic chapters that focus on specific aspects of higher education in the Americas. The authors grapple with interesting cases of how higher education is responding both to domestic circumstances and broader international and global trends. Sheila Slaughter and Gary Rhoades discuss how privatization of public higher education is affecting research universities in the United States. They convincingly argue that the lack of public support for higher education and the increasingly close links between... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: June 07, 2006
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12535, Date Accessed: 12/12/2017 7:06:41 AM

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  • Philip Altbach
    Boston College
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    PHILIP G. ALTBACH is Monan professor of higher education and director of the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College. He has written extensively on international higher education and is co-editor (with James Forest), most recently of the International Handbook Of Higher Education, (Springer, 2006).
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