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Economics is becoming an elite subject for elite UK universities

Johnston, James and Reeves, Alan (2014) Economics is becoming an elite subject for elite UK universities. British Politics and Policy at LSE (11 Nov 2014). Website.

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UK universities have had to become much more responsive to changes in the pattern of demand and compete with one another for different revenue streams. James Johnston and Alan Reeves ask how this has played out in relation to the undergraduate economics degree, finding that new universities have retreated from offering economics programmes even as student numbers rose substantially. The authors argue that the role of research evaluation exercises cannot be ignored in this development and that there is a widening gulf between new and old universities. Moreover, the study of economics is being restricted along class lines, with students from disadvantaged backgrounds more likely to attend new universities and thus less likely to have access to economics programmes.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
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Additional Information: © 2014 The Author(s) CC BY-NC-ND 3.0
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
L Education > L Education (General)
Date Deposited: 02 May 2017 14:48
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 07:37

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