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ERIC Number: EJ858944
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0195-6744
The Expanding Polity: Theorizing the Links between Expanded Higher Education and the New Politics of the Post-1970s
Kamens, David H.
American Journal of Education, v116 n1 p99-124 Nov 2009
In this article, I argue that the expansion of higher education worldwide has had important effects in restructuring the political system of affluent democracies. A large literature has developed that describes how democracy has been "downsized" (e.g., lower voting rates). This, I argue, is one impact of expanded higher education. But there is another less-noticed effect that is just as important. Modern democratic polities have expanded so that they are now turbocharged with social movements, nongovernmental organizations, and other kinds of citizen organizations. I theorize in this article about how the expansion of higher education has produced these contradictory and perhaps temporary effects.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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