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The Political Economy of Higher Education Finance

Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 5:30 pm – 7:10 pm


cordially invite you to the guest lecture


The Political Economy of Higher Education Finance


Julian L. Garritzmann

University of Konstanz, University of Zurich 

Discussant: Kata Orosz

Associate Research Fellow at the Yehuda Elkana Center for Higher Education at CEU


Julian L. Garritzmann will present his new book The Political Economy of Higher Education Finance. The Politics of Tuition Fees and Subsidies in OECD Countries, 1945-2015. The book analyzes the political economy of higher education finance across a range of OECD countries, exploring why some students pay extortionate tuition fees whilst for others their education is free. What are the redistributional consequences of these different tuition-subsidy systems? Analysing the variety of existing systems, Garritzmann shows that across the advanced democracies “Four Worlds of Student Finance” exist. Historically, however, all countries’ higher education systems looked very much alike in the 1940s. The book develops a theoretical model, the Time-Sensitive Partisan Theory, to explain why countries have evolved from a similar historical starting point to today’s very distinct Four Worlds. The empirical analyses combine a wide variety of qualitative and quantitative evidence, studying higher education policies in all advanced democracies from 1945-2015.

Julian L. Garritzmann is a Senior Researcher at the University of Konstanz, Germany, and at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. Previously, he was Visiting Fellow at Harvard University and at Rutgers. His work has appeared in the Journal of European Social Policy, the Journal of European Public Policy, the Journal of Legislative Studies, West European Politics, and in PS: Political Science and Politics. In 2014, he was awarded the JESP/ESPAnet Doctoral Researcher Prize; his book is shortlisted for the Deutscher Studienpreis.