ISSN: 17405866
First published in 2004
3 issues per volume
Volume 2 Issue 1
Cover Date: April 2005
The market comes to higher education
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Authors:  Jonathan Rutherford 
DOI: 10.1386/ltss.2.1.5/1

Keywords
market state, higher education, corporate capitalism

Abstract
New Labour reform in publicly funded services is giving shape to a new kind of liberal or market state designed to promote economic efficiency and individual choice, rather than the collective provision of public goods. Government policy and commercial forces are integrating higher education into a global education economy. In consequence, universities are transforming themselves from an ideological arm of the state into relatively autonomous, consumer-oriented, corporate networks. The article argues that universities need to find ways to reclaim knowledge and learning as public goods, rooted in a democratic, not a market, paradigm.
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