Higher education policies and question of social (in)equality: cases of Argentina and Finland

Eriikka Oinonen, Cecilia Blanco


This article studies the development of higher education (HE) policies in Argentina and Finland and examines what are the principles behind HE laws and policies, and whether the policies promote or prevent social equality. We apply genealogical document analysis and interpretive policy analysis to look for differences and similarities, and to place them in societal and historical context in order to make plausible interpretations. We contrast properties of social systems and patterns of policy practices that describe the character of HE institutions in Argentina and Finland. By creating country cases, we, analyze the HE policies of the democratic era in Argentina and Finland to find out whether and how the policies aim at reducing social inequalities in HE. We conclude that along with market logic in education policies, inequalities in HE tend to increase even in a Nordic welfare state like Finland.

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Higher education; social (in)equalities; Argentina; Finland; educational policies

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DOI (PDF (English)): https://doi.org/10.1344/REYD2019.19.29045

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