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"The Global Auction" Book Media Coverage

16 March 2011

The Global Auction: The Broken Promises of Education, Jobs, and Incomes


"a brilliant new book" - Huffington Post

Andrew Reinbach, Journalist and writer for the Huffington Post refers to The Global Auction as "a brilliant new book". Read article here.


Brainpower for sale?

Roger Rees of the Open University's faculty of Social Sciences reviews The Global Auction, a new book on the marketisation of higher education, and examines the implications for universities and their graduates. Read review here


Guardian Reference: The awful truth: education won't stop the west getting poorer

by Peter Wilby, the Guardian.

Skilled jobs will go to the lowest bidder worldwide. A decline in middle class pay and job satisfaction is only just beginning. Read article here.


Review Symposium for the British Journal of Sociology of Education

Volume 32 Issue 2 2011

Reviewed by Susan L. Robertson, Lois Weis and Fazal Rizvi. Read the review here.


The Global Auction Reviewed for Times Higher Education 

All clued up with nowhere to go. A persuasive analysis of the training/employment mismatch leaves Roger Brown looking for answers. 

"This is a very important book. It argues that Western societies in particular have invested in human capital development, and individuals have taken on high levels of debt, on the understanding that both society as a whole and the individuals concerned will be well rewarded. But the "opportunity bargain" has not been kept." Read the review here.


The Global Auction Reviewed on Office of the President website

"The authors, as befits their areas of expertise, have done an excellent job of portraying the economic and social issues at hand in analyzing the financial issues of the middle class. "

"I recommend that you read this book regardless of your political perspective.  It is thoroughly thought-provoking." Read the review here.

Global HR Forum 2010

Global HR Forum 2010 – “Open and Ready for Tomorrow”

The School of Social Sciences was represented at the prestigious Global HR Forum, which this year was held at the Sheraton Grande Walkerhill, Seoul, Korea.

Professor Philip Brown from the School gave a presentation alongside other major global experts including Alan Greenspan, Former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board,  Robert Mundell
Professor of Economics and 1999 Nobel Laureate, and Franci Phelan of CHRO, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

A full Schedule can be viewed here.

Global HR Forum 2010 homepage can be viewed here.

A copy of Prof Phil Brown’s presentation can be viewed here.

Prof Phil Brown’s full presentation at the Global HR Forum 2010 can be viewed below (47 mins onwards):

Further Related Material

  • Phil Brown gave a presentation at the World Bank in Washington in September 2010 that's now available online here.
  • Further information about The Global Auction The Broken Promises of Education, Jobs, and Incomes by Phillip Brown, Hugh Lauder and David Ashton is available here.
  • Professor Philip Brown talks to SOCSI TV about his new book: