Specifically oriented toward higher education, as higher education has a special role in modern society. Education itself generates economic activity in the trillions (yes, with a t).
The University Crisis Reader: Volume II: Confrontation and Counterattack. Edited by Immanuel Wallerstein and Paul Starr. Random House. 1971.
Who Rules the Universities? An Essay in Class Analysis. by David N. Smith. Monthly Review Press. 1974.
This is published by Monthly Review Press. In case you didn’t know, they are one of the top academic Marxist intellectual journals. So Who Rules The Universities presents a Marxist analysis of the university system in the United States, and for that it is useful. It gives the facts and figures looking at elite rule of institutions of higher education, and presents what class interests have in universities. This came out just near the end of a wave of student revolts in the U.S., not to mention around the world, and shows the need to use a class analysis in looking at any institution one is part of. Highly recommended.
How Harvard Rules: Reason in the Service of Empire. edited by John Trumpbour. South End Press. 1989.
Universities and the Capitalist State: Corporate Liberalism and the Reconstruction of American Higher Education, 1894-1928. by Clyde W. Barrow. University of Wisconsin Press. 1990.
C.I.A. Off Campus: Building the Movement Against Agency Recruitment and Research. by Ami Chen Mills. South End Press. 1991.
This book is activist oriented, specifically toward opponents of the CIA and all it represents. Gives a good history of the CIA from the top left analysts of the time, examples of a wave of anti-CIA protests on campuses during the 1980’s, and tips for current (as of late 80’s-early 90’s when the book was published) organizers against the CIA, specifically its presence in academia. This is a topic I have wrote about before (https://elloborojo.wordpress.com/category/cia/) and this book is invaluable in understanding this topic.
Generation At the Crossroads: Apathy and Action on the American Campus. by Paul Rogat Loeb. Rutgers University Press. 1994.
College For Sale: A Critique of the Commodification of Higher Education. by Wesley Shumar. Falmer Press. 1997. (Knowledge, Identity, and School Life Series, #6)
Want to know what is meant by the concept of commodification of education? This book does it. It is an academic book but presents it with clarity and focus.
Campus, Inc.: Corporate Power in the Ivory Tower. edited by Geoffry D. White, Ph.D. with Flannery C. Hauck. Prometheus Books. 2000.
A collection of 30 different essays about not only a study of corporate power and influence in universities, but of different forms of resistance to it. This book didn’t get much attention when it came out, but as it has many of the top scholars and activists around this subject, it should be checked out for those interested in the topic.
Take Back Higher Education: Race, Youth, and the crisis of democracy in the Post-Civil Rights Era. Henry A. Giroux and Susan Searls Giroux. Palgrave Macmillan. 2004.