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Knowledge Production in European Universities

States, Markets, and Academic Entrepreneurialism


Marek Kwiek

The book studies transformations of European universities in the context of globalization and Europeanization, the questioning of the foundations of the «Golden Age» of the Keynesian welfare state, public sector reforms, demographic changes, the massification and diversification of higher education, and the emergence of knowledge economies. Such phenomena as academic entrepreneurialism and diversified channels of knowledge exchange in European universities are linked to transformations of the state and changes in public sector services. The first, contextual part of the book studies the changing state/university relationships, and the second, empirically-informed part draws from several recent large-scale comparative European research projects.


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Professor Marek Kwiek is the founder (2002) and director of the Center for Public Policy Studies, and a Chairholder, UNESCO Chair in Institutional Research and Higher Education Policy at the University of Poznań, Poland. A higher education researcher and higher education policy analyst, with strong background in political philosophy and political sciences. His research interests include university governance, globalization and higher education, supranational and European educational policies, welfare state and public sector reforms, transformations of the academic profession, and academic entrepreneurialism. He has published about 110 articles and book chapters and authored or edited 11 books; recently, he authored two monographs: University Transformations. Institutional Change and Educational Policies in Europe (2010, 450 pp., in Polish), and The University and the State: A Study into Global Transformations (2006, 424 pp.) and co-edited two books: The Modernisation of European Universities. Cross-National Academic Perspectives (with A. Kurkiewicz, 2012) and National Higher Education Reforms in a European Context: Comparative Reflections on Poland and Norway (with P. Maassen, 2012). He published articles in such journals as Science and Public Policy, European Educational Research Journal, Comparative Education Review, European Journal of Higher Education, Compare, Higher Education, Higher Education in Europe, Higher Education Management and Policy, and others. He has been a higher education policy expert to the European Commission, USAID, OECD, World Bank, UNESCO, OSCE, Council of Europe, UNDP, as well as national governments and individual academic institutions in a dozen of transition countries. He has participated in about 20 international (global and European) research projects,...

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