The funding of Higher Education: Lessons from Europe's past

Davis, R. A. (2018) The funding of Higher Education: Lessons from Europe's past. In: Smeyers, P. and Depaepe, M. (eds.) Educational Research: Ethics, Social Justice, and Funding Dynamics. Series: Educational Research, 10. Springer, pp. 191-207. ISBN 9783319739212 (doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-73921-2_13)

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Impassioned contemporary critiques of the alleged ‘marketisation’ of the concept of the institution of the university – now supposedly subject to the inexorable performative logic of neoliberal governmentality – routinely imply a preceding period when university education functioned innocent of commercial and financial imperatives. Yet acquaintance with the fiscal history of the European university, from its medieval ecclesial origins to its modern embrace by sophisticated state educational bureaucracies, reveals this impression of innocence to be a myth. From their foundation in the Middle Ages, through the convulsions of Renaissance, Reformation, Enlightenment and Industrialisation, European universities have by necessity been deeply entangled with the operations of money and corporate power. Commonly struggling to maintain a viable resource base, and endemically prey to corruption and misappropriation, universities have been subject to the instrumental patronage of Church, Crown, city and state over many centuries. Stamped by both successes and failures, the pursuit of financial sustainability has produced imaginative collaborations and questionable compacts, the best and worst of which offer valuable lessons for future funding models of European Higher Education.

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Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Davis, Professor Robert
Authors: Davis, R. A.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Social Justice Place and Lifelong Education
College of Social Sciences > School of Education > People, Place & Social Change
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