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Higher Education in Federal Countries: A Comparative Study is a unique study of higher education in nine federal countries—the United States, Canada, Australia, Germany, Mexico, Brazil, Russia, China and India. In this book, leading international scholars discuss the role of federalism and how it shapes higher education in major nation-state actors on the world stage. The editors develop an overarching comparative analysis of the dynamics of central and regional power in higher education, and the national case studies explain how each federal and federal-like higher education system has evolved and how it functions in what are highly varied contexts.

Introduction: Higher Education in Federal Countries
Introduction: Higher education in federal countries
Simon Marginson Martin Carnoy
Introduction

We live in one world. Ideas and money circle that world in microseconds. Yet we are still divided into nation-state units with firm boundaries between them. There are also boundaries within countries that are not quite as firm and fixed. Some nation-states with jurisdiction over large geographic territories use partly decentralized federal systems of government, or something like formal federalism, for historically grounded reasons of size. Other nation-states have developed in countries with potent regional traditions that underpin federal structures from the bottom up. Federalism is a system of government in which sovereignty is shared between a central governing authority and ...

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