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ERIC Number: EJ807221
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-0892-0206
How the Market Economy Is Undermining HE Performance
Jamieson, Ian; Naidoo, Rajani
Management in Education, v18 n4 p13-16 2004
In this article, the authors assert that the leadership and management of higher education is now operating in a fundamentally different context and ideological terrain to the one that existed up to the 1980s, and that this is now materially affecting the core function of universities--learning, teaching, and research. The dominating frame of reference is the neo-liberal project and the primacy of the market. This is not a parochial phenomenon that only affects UK universities; on the contrary, it is intimately connected to globalisation and the activities of international agencies operating under a neo-liberal framework, like the World Trade Organisation (and its associated GATs agreements), the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund. These global narratives have been taken up strongly by recent UK governments, from Thatcher to Blair. They have translated into a political project that sees it necessary for universities to contribute in a more direct manner to enhancing Britain's place in the global market place. This is to be achieved partly by increasing the total number of graduates in the population, but also by unleashing forces which will orientate both the curriculum, and learning and teaching in a more vocational direction, thus producing graduates with relevant skills to compete in the new global knowledge economy. The neo-liberal project would be a difficult one to accomplish by government edict, certainly in the UK where the traditions of university autonomy and academic freedom are very strong. The change mechanism, however, is both more subtle and more blunt than the actions of a centralist government. The change mechanism is the introduction of the market into higher education. While this is all pervasive, in this article the authors focus on students and teaching rather than research.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom