15 August 2018

New book: higher education in federal countries

A new book co-edited by Professor Simon Marginson compares higher education in nine federal countries – the United States, Canada, Australia, Germany, Mexico, Brazil, Russia, China and India.

In the book, leading international scholars discuss the role of federalism and how it shapes higher education in major nation-state actors on the world stage.

The editors develop an overarching comparative analysis of the dynamics of central and regional power in higher education, and the national case studies explain how each federal and federal-like higher education system has evolved and how it functions in what are highly varied contexts.

They find that there are no general rules and every higher education experience of federalism is conditioned by a distinctive history and set of present possibilities.

The book makes a major contribution to higher education studies and defines a new field of comparative analysis. It also provides important insights into comparative governance and the study of federalism and federal arrangements, with their particular historical, political, legal and economic dimensions.

Professor Marginson’s co-editors are Professor Martin Carnoy, Stanford University, USA; Professor Isak Froumin, National Research University, Higher School of Economics, Russia; and Oleg Leshukov, National Research University, Higher School of Economics, Russia.