What determines public investment in tertiary education in resource-dependent countries? I develop a political economy theory of the provision of tertiary education in resource-dependent developing countries. To explain variation in the provision of tertiary education in these countries, I employ a mixed methods approach that exploits variation both across countries and within countries over time. I contend that the provision of tertiary education in resource-dependent developing countries is a response to concerns about unemployment and can be explained by differences in regime type and exchange rate arrangement. I argue that conditional on these two dimensions rulers pursue one of four possible strategies for investment in tertiary education: private participation, patronage politics, training tomorrow, and elite education. These strategies vary in level of spending, scope, and connection to public sector employment. I explore the use of these strategies in three case studies: Venezuela, Ecuador, and Qatar. This theory departs from existing explanations by acknowledging that resource-dependent countries deserve a separate explanation because public spending in this context is not redistributive. It expands our understanding of resource-dependent countries and autocratic resource-dependent countries specifically by providing an in-depth analysis of one component of social spending.
|Advisor:||Teitelbaum, Emmanuel J.|
|Commitee:||Chavez, Rebecca B., Jensen, Nathan M., Kaplan, Stephen B., McClintock, Cynthia|
|School:||The George Washington University|
|School Location:||United States -- District of Columbia|
|Source:||DAI-A 80/01(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||International Relations, Political science, Higher education|
|Keywords:||Ecuador, Education, Resource-dependence, Social spending, Unemployment, Venezuela|
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