The college chase: Higher education and urban entrepreneuralism in Israel

Gillad Rosen*, Eran Razin

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Local government initiative to attract colleges, in spite of being formally excluded from the higher education system, is shown to represent urban entrepreneurialism, in which strategies undertaken - reactive or proactive, competition or co-operation, and means of support - are influenced by location. However, such decentralised forms of local governance do not indicate a diminishing role of the central state, but rather reshape regulation - decisions reflecting greater pluralism, becoming more exposed to external pressures for market-oriented initiatives in high demand locations, and for publicly supported colleges in less attractive locations. Local entrepreneurialism is particularly influential at the intra-regional level, but saturation could emphasise the need to move from local entrepreneurialism to competitive regionalism.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)86-101
Number of pages16
JournalTijdschrift Voor Economische en Sociale Geografie
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2007


  • Decentralisation
  • Higher education
  • Israel
  • Urban entrepreneurialism


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