Freedom from Autonomy: A Critique on the New Managerialism in Higher Education

  • Amruth G. Kumar


The paper discusses the transformations happening in the Indian higher education system under the neoliberal influences. To facilitate the transformation, a new managerialism was implemented in higher education institutions. The new public management of higher education, based on autonomy, responsibilization and accountability, was introduced in the higher education institutions. Autonomy and responsibilization on the one hand and question of individual existence and accountability on the other hand work as a decaying substance of academic creativity. Drawing from Foucauldian idea of governmentality, the study analyses how control and governance are deepened in higher education system. Use of soft measures like ‘suggestive orders’ is highlighted in the study to expose the strategies of new managerialism to make autonomy given to the higher education institutions a travesty.


Autonomy New managerialism Accountability Responsibilization Performance Self-management 


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  • Amruth G. Kumar
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  1. 1.School of EducationCentral University of KeralaKasargodIndia

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