Neo-liberalism and marketisation : the implications for higher education

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
ECER_Confer._Nov._version_2005.pdf353 kBAdobe PDFDownload
Title: Neo-liberalism and marketisation : the implications for higher education
Authors: Lynch, Kathleen
Permanent link:
Date: 2006
Abstract: The massification of education in European countries over the last 100 years has produced cultures and societies that have benefited greatly from state investment in education. However, to maintain this level of social and economic development that derives from high quality education requires continual Sate investment. With the rise of the new-right, neo-liberal agenda, there is an attempt to offload the cost of education, and indeed other public services such as housing, transport, care services etc., on to the individual. There is an increasing attempt to privatise public services, including education, so that citizens will have to buy them at market value rather than have them provided by the State. This development is recognised by scholars across a range of fields, including those working within bodies such as the World Bank (Angus, 2004; Bullen et al., 2004; Dill, 2003; Lynch and Moran, 2006; Steier, 2003; Stevenson, 1999). Europe is no exception to this trend of neo-liberalisation. Recent OECD reports, including one on Higher Education in Ireland, (2004), concentrate strongly on the role of education in servicing the economy to the neglect of its social and developmental responsibilities. The view that education is simply another market commodity has become normalised in policy and public discourses. Schools run purely as businesses are a growing phenomenon within and without Europe, and there is an increasing expectation in several countries that schools will supplement their income from private sources, even though they are within the State sector. In this paper, I present both a critique of the neo-liberal model of marketised education and a challenge to academics to work as public intellectuals both individually and with civil society organisations to develop a counter-hegemonic discourse to neo-liberalism for higher education.
Funding Details: Not applicable
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Symposium Journals
Journal: European Educational Research Journal
Volume: 5
Issue: 1
Start page: 1
End page: 17
Keywords: Neo-liberalismNew managerialismHigher educationMarketisationPrivatisationRole of university
Subject LCSH: Neoliberalism
Education, Higher--Economic aspects
Education, Higher--Finance
DOI: 10.2304/eerj.2006.5.1.1
Other versions:
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice Research Collection

Show full item record

Page view(s) 1

checked on May 25, 2018

Download(s) 1

checked on May 25, 2018

Google ScholarTM



This item is available under the Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Ireland. No item may be reproduced for commercial purposes. For other possible restrictions on use please refer to the publisher's URL where this is made available, or to notes contained in the item itself. Other terms may apply.