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From social rights to the market: neo-liberalism and the knowledge economy

Holmwood, John

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John Holmwood john.holmwood@nottingham.ac.uk



Abstract

Public higher education has a long history, with its growth associated with mass higher education and the extension of a social right to education from secondary schooling to university education. Following the rise in student numbers since the 1970s, the aspiration to higher education has been universalized, although opportunities remain structured by social background. This paper looks at changing policies for higher education in the UK and the emergence of a neoliberal knowledge regime. This subordinates higher education to the market and shifts the burden of paying for degree courses onto students. It seeks to stratify institutions and extend the role of for-profit providers. From a role in the amelioration of social inequality, universities are now asked to participate actively in the widening inequalities associated with a neoliberal global market order.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 22, 2014
Journal International Journal of Lifelong Education
Print ISSN 0260-1370
Electronic ISSN 1464-519X
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 33
Issue 1
Institution Citation Holmwood, J. (2014). From social rights to the market: neo-liberalism and the knowledge economy. International Journal of Lifelong Education, 33(1), doi:10.1080/02601370.2013.873213
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/02601370.2013.873213
Publisher URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02601370.2013.873213
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0

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