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The Mythology of the “Disappearing Nation-State”: National Competitive Advantage through State-University Collaboration

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The article examines globalization and the relationship between the state and the higher education sector. It illustrates the ways in which a nation-state attempts to maintain a capitalistic monopoly over developing countries through its ulitlization of research universities and an environment of academic capitalism which the nation-state has so successfully brought into existence. It argues that universities have become corporate appendages of free-market enterprise. The state and policymakers have projected a new entrepreneurial model of the university which is firmly entrenched within the exploitative logic of advanced capitalism and more specifically, the logic of neoliberalism. It concludes that the reduction in public support for higher education in the USA may be directly linked to a strategic design to enlist universities in the endless expansion of global capitalism at the expense of the economic, cultural, and political spheres of peripheral and semi-peripheral countries.

Keywords: academic capitalism; globalization; higher education; neoliberalism; the state

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Publication date: January 1, 2005

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