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The Never-Ending Crisis in British Higher Education

  • Mike Finn
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Abstract

Finn situates today’s higher education ‘crisis’—of finance, status and mission—in historical perspective, revealing that the notion has been an omnipresent feature of the discursive politics of British universities in the post-Second World War era. The chapter shows that the continuous presence of this discourse, whilst reflecting genuine changes in the position of the university in national life, also serves as a useful ‘imaginary’ deployed in political discourse in attempts to remake the academic profession. Thus, the present-day ‘crisis’ in the neoliberal university must be put into an historical perspective if the long-running transformation of universities is to be adequately understood, and neoliberal agendas successfully challenged.

Keywords

Britain Browne Review Higher education Crisis Neoliberal university 

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  • Mike Finn
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  1. 1.University of ExeterExeterUK

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