This comparative volume focuses on the consequences of expansion, differentiation, and privatization in tertiary education. Does mass expansion of higher education lead to greater social equality? Or, to the contrary, do those groups that are already privileged profit disproportionately from the expansion, resulting in increasing inequality? Does the introduction of tuition fees reduce educational opportunities for disadvantaged groups? In an area where speculation has dominated sociological discussion, in this book, the editors bring together a good number of scholars to undertake detailed longitudinal country studies in order to systematically approach these key questions in social stratification research.

Altogether, datasets from 15 countries were analysed, that is, from Israel, Japan, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan, the United States, Great Britain, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Russia, Switzerland, Australia, Czech Republic, and Italy. The datasets are rather...

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