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McBee Community Contributes to Comparative Higher Education Policy Book

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Professor Erik Ness co-edited an in-depth look at the current state of research on education policymaking in Canada, the United States, and Western Europe.

Comparative Higher Education Politics: Policymaking in North America and Western Europe focuses on recent higher education changes and challenges. The editors target five “key aspects of policymaking, namely the politics of governance as well as funding reforms, the role of interest groups, policy diffusion, and policy framing.”

Contributed chapters from several McBee faculty, graduates, and students underscore the strength of the Institute in policy research.

Paul Rubin (PhD 2017) provided an assessment of higher education governance in the United States. Jason C. Lee (PhD 2017) and David Tandberg (Institute Fellow) along with other colleagues explored public funding trends in the United States. Ness and Sean Baser (PhD candidate) tracked the influence of U.S. interest groups. Denisa Gandara (PhD 2016) and her co-author traced policy diffusion within the United States. Professor James C. Hearn and Ijaz Ahmad (PhD student) looked at policy diffusion between Western Europe and the United States.

Ness along with co-editors, Martin Maltais, Jens Jungblut, and Deanna Rexe, provided a summative concluding chapter that drew on findings from the previous chapters to evaluate global challenges to education and convergence trends across the field.

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