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John Holmwood: Education, Neoliberalism and Democracy

Markets, Expertise and the Public University: A crisis in knowledge for democracy? This was the question addressed by Professor John Holmwood.

Markets, Expertise and the Public University: A crisis in knowledge for democracy? This was the question addressed by Professor John Holmwood in a keynote lecture he delivered  as part of the Creating Publics Project’s keynote series on June 28 2012 at The Open University in Milton Keynes. The key contention of this lecture is that current changes in mass higher education implement neo-liberal reforms that place consumer sovereignty at the heart of education, measure knowledge in terms of its ‘impact’ and thereby sideline the vital democratic and public roles of UK universities.

John Holmwood is the founder of the Campaign for the Public University, a group who have developed an 'alternative white paper' for British higher education. He has also edited The Manifesto for the Public University (Bloomsbury 2011) and blogs regularly on higher education issues for the Campaign for the Public University, Research Blogs, Open Democracy, Sociology and the Cuts, and Universities in Crisis.

 

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