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All Globalization Is Local: Countervailing Forces and the Influence on Higher Education Markets

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  • Douglass, John Aubrey

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Globalization trends and innovations in the instructional technologies are widely believed to be creating new markets and forcing a revolution in higher education. Much of the rhetoric of "globalists" has presented a simplistic analysis of a paradigm shift in higher education markets and the way nations and institutions deliver educational services. This essay provides an analytical framework for understanding global influences on national higher education systems. It then identifies and discusses the "countervailing forces" to globalization that help to illuminate the complexities of the effects of globalization (including the General Agreement on Trade and Services) and new instructional technologies on the delivery and market for teaching and learning services. Globalization does offer substantial and potentially sweeping changes to national systems of higher education, but there is no uniform influence on nation-states or institutions. All globalization is in fact subject to local (or national and regional) influences.

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  • Douglass, John Aubrey, 2005. "All Globalization Is Local: Countervailing Forces and the Influence on Higher Education Markets," University of California at Berkeley, Center for Studies in Higher Education qt3z26h30n, Center for Studies in Higher Education, UC Berkeley.
  • Handle: RePEc:cdl:cshedu:qt3z26h30n
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    1. Gupta, Asha, 2005. "International Trends in Higher Education and the Indian Scenario," University of California at Berkeley, Center for Studies in Higher Education qt4ch9m7j0, Center for Studies in Higher Education, UC Berkeley.

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