Book review

Institutional Management in Higher Education

As the Welsh Assembly follows Scotland in reinstating (to some degree) student means-tested grants, it is timely to consider Nicholas Barr, The Welfare State as Piggy Bank. Barr looks at social insurance and pensions before tackling education, where he argues for State provision in relation to schools but Market provision for tertiary education: students are "impressively well-informed – a savvy, streetwise consumer group" and hence "students are more capable than central planners of making choices that conform with their own needs and those of the economy"...

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