The Anatomy and Price of an Ideational Conquest: On Steady Stifling of Academe Since the World War II

68 Pages Posted: 23 Nov 2020 Last revised: 19 Dec 2020

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Arup Maharatna

Central University of Allahabad; University of Allahabad; Central University of Allahabad

Date Written: November 7, 2020

Abstract

The object of the monograph is two-fold: a) to discern directions of ideational changes and policy evolution pertaining to notions, functions, and financing of ‘higher education’ (HE) through a critical evaluation of reports/reviews/books/recommendations of a series of landmark committees/commissions/panels/ideologues especially in UK and USA since WWII; b) to assess the corresponding effects of these ideational (and policy) changes (or conquest) on academic standard/quality as well as overall societal contributions of HE. It is shown that a stark neoliberal policy regime has been established across world both via new theoretical (and ideational) constructs/formulations (mainly) by mainstream (neoclassical) economics profession with an active benefaction of the Bretton Woods institutions and other multilateral agencies. But these pro-market ideas/ideology and reforms in the sphere of HE/university (including privatization) are found to have set off – not surprisingly at all – fairly robust temporal (and global) trends of falling academic standard, rigors, and intellectual contributions/capabilities along with rapid growth of HE both as an industry and prospective propellent of foreign trade and profit. The monograph concludes that it is high time that the global leaders rethink about the future of HE as an academe.

Keywords: Higher Education, Neoliberal Thinking on Education, Standard and Quality of Higher Education, Economics of Education

Suggested Citation

Maharatna, Arup, The Anatomy and Price of an Ideational Conquest: On Steady Stifling of Academe Since the World War II (November 7, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3726465 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3726465

Arup Maharatna (Contact Author)

Central University of Allahabad ( email )

Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh 211002
India

University of Allahabad ( email )

Prayagraj
India

Central University of Allahabad ( email )

Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh 211002
India

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