Reform and Resistance

  • John WalshEmail author


While higher education throughout the developed world was influenced by the erosion of the postwar political consensus and the emergence of neo-liberalism, the impact of UK policies inspired by a neoliberal script was extremely limited in late twentieth century Ireland. Irish ministers occasionally paid rhetorical homage to the new market-oriented doctrines, but favoured a consensual, evolutionary style of policy-making, building on the policy changes of the 1960s and 1970s. While the scale of public resources devoted to higher education declined during the 1980s, official policies sought to underpin a contining upsurge in participation. The level of re-appraisal and policy innovation during the 1990s was comparable to the mid to late 1960s when the modern HE system was forged and much of the intensive policy activity sought to reform and regulate a massified, diversified system. The ambition of government initiatives contributed to a high level of contestation over the relationship between the state and academic institutions

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Cultures Academic Values and Education Research Centre, School of EducationTrinity College DublinDublinIreland

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