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Universities and social progress in modernising societies: how educational expansion has replaced socialism as an instrument of political reform

Charlton, Bruce G; Andras, Peter

Authors

Bruce G Charlton

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Prof Peter Andras P.Andras@napier.ac.uk
Dean of School of Computing Engineering and the Built Environment



Abstract

University and higher education comprising a multi-disciplinary training in abstract, systematic reasoning has a vital role in modernizing societies. Such an education seems to have broadly favourable results both in terms of the individual and of society; these include benefits to economics, social mobility, happiness and social welfare. In this sense, educational expansion has replaced socialism as the major instrument of political reform. Furthermore, the effects of more education are largely additive, therefore ‘positive sum’, cognitive benefits. We advocate the continued expansion of university and higher education; while reforming university funding mechanisms and increasing both competition between, and autonomy of, educational institutions.

Citation

Charlton, B. G., & Andras, P. (2005). Universities and social progress in modernising societies: how educational expansion has replaced socialism as an instrument of political reform. Critical Quarterly, 47(1-2), 30-39. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.0011-1562.2005.00612.x

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Jun 10, 2005
Publication Date 2005-07
Deposit Date Nov 8, 2021
Journal Critical Quarterly
Print ISSN 0011-1562
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 47
Issue 1-2
Pages 30-39
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/j.0011-1562.2005.00612.x
Public URL http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/Output/2808673