Liberalization and the public sector:the pre-eminent role of governments in the ‘sale’ of higher education abroad


Much recent scholarship concerning liberalization has emphasized the role of regulatees, rather than governments, in promoting liberalization. This article examines such scholarship in the light of an important development in the British and French public sectors—the creation of new agencies (the Education Counselling Service and EduFrance) to ‘sell’ British and French higher education to potential international students. The new agencies attempted to induce two things: competition amongst higher education institutions for the recruitment of international students from developed and emerging economy countries, and the commodification of these students. This article shows that, contrary to existing theories of liberalization, governments were pre-eminent in pushing forward this liberalization, while higher education institutions attempted to hold it back.

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Divisions: Languages & Social Sciences > Sociology and Policy
Languages & Social Sciences
Languages & Social Sciences > Aston Centre for Europe
Additional Information: This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article Dodds, A 2009, 'Liberalization and the public sector: the pre-eminent role of governments in the ‘sale’ of higher education abroad', Public Administration, vol 87, no. 2, pp. 397, which has been published in final form at
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sociology and Political Science,Public Administration
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2009-06
Published Online Date: 2009-05-22
Authors: Dodds, Anneliese



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