Between the public good and the common good. Consequences for the complex assemblage of the state, the social and the higher education in Poland

28th February 2020 : 12:30 - 14:00

Category: Seminar

Research Group: Higher Education

Speaker: Krystian Szadkowski, Adam Mickiewicz University

Location: Department of Education, Seminar Room G

Convener: Simon Marginson

Audience: Public

Seminar Abstract


Drawing on the findings from the research on the public good in the Polish higher education system this paper addresses the issue of how the concepts are filled with meanings and how they impact the material reality in return.

Despite the striking differences, the public good is often used interchangeably with the common good in Polish higher education.

This presentation discusses the legal and historical background of the emergence of the concept of the common good at the foundations of the constitutional order in Poland, contrasts it with the public good tradition and presents its consequences for the relationships between the state, the social and the higher education as seen from the perspective of the different actors (governmental, institutional, discipline-based).


About the Speaker


Dr Krystian Szadkowski is a researcher at Scholarly Communication Research Group of Adam Mickiewicz University in PoznaƄ, Poland. His interests cover Marxian political economy and transformations of higher education systems in Central Eastern Europe. He worked as a researcher for Education International (Brussels, Belgium) and as a consultant in policy projects funded by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education