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Contesting Higher EducationStudent Movements against Neoliberal Universities$
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Donatella Della Porta, Lorenzo Cini, and César Guzmán-Concha

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781529208627

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529208627.001.0001

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The Contentious Politics of Higher Education

The Contentious Politics of Higher Education

(p.1) 1 The Contentious Politics of Higher Education
(p.i) Contesting Higher Education

Donatella della Porta

Lorenzo Cini

César Guzmán-Concha

Policy Press

This chapter provides an overview of the analysis of transformation in higher education (HE) policies and student politics, linking them to research on the policy outcomes of social movements. HE policies have been shaped by various waves of student mobilization. Students have often been important actors in contentious politics, mobilizing on all main cleavages in society and often stimulating spin-off movements, as well as affecting institutional politics at large. Student protests are therefore affected by public policies at least as much as they affect them. This book focuses on these complex interactions, aiming at understanding the development of student protests within neoliberal universities. It explores four episodes of student contestation over HE reforms, which have recently taken place in Chile, Quebec, England, and Italy.

Keywords:   higher education policies, student politics, social movements, policy outcomes, student mobilization, contentious politics, student protests, public policies, neoliberal universities, higher education reforms

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