ERIC Number: ED172610
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: 0
How Much Higher Education Is Enough? Public Policy in France, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Yale Higher Education Research Group Working Paper.
Premfors, Rune I. T.
Public policies in France, Sweden, and the United Kingdom are compared with regard to quantitative developments in higher education. The analysis is focused on the issue of private versus social demand, but more detailed aspects of quantitative planning also are addressed. The following question is discussed: why Sweden adopted a system of quantitative planning in higher education that included a system-wide "numerus clausus" largely based on social demand, while France and the United Kingdom continued to rely mainly on private demand? Five possible determinants are examined: financial resources, national planning traditions, "issue webs," policy inheritances, and specific policy processes. The effectiveness of the governments in predicting and meeting private demand is analyzed, and the record in areas where manpower planning has been attempted is examined. (SW)
Descriptors: Access to Education, College Planning, Comparative Education, Educational Assessment, Educational Demand, Educational Finance, Educational Needs, Educational Policy, Educational Status Comparison, Educational Supply, Enrollment Influences, Foreign Countries, Government Role, Higher Education, Policy Formation, Public Policy
Higher Education Research Group, Institution for Social and Policy Studies, Yale University, 1732 Yale Station, New Haven, CT 06520
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Tri-Centennial Fund, Stockholm (Sweden).; Lilly Endowment, Inc., Indianapolis, IN.
Authoring Institution: Yale Univ., New Haven, CT. Inst. for Social and Policy Studies.
Identifiers: Europe; France; Sweden; United Kingdom