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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 Outcomes of Student Protest

The Outcomes of Student Protest

(p.129) 5 The Outcomes of Student Protest
Contesting Higher Education

Donatella della Porta

Lorenzo Cini

César Guzmán-Concha

Policy Press

This chapter evaluates the impact of student protests in the four regions on higher education policies. The four cases differ in the degree to which students were able to achieve concessions close to their demands. In both Chile and Quebec, as student demands were supported by significant social constituencies and the government proved unable to appease the protests, the opposition parties presented themselves as allies. These parties committed themselves to delivering reforms that would (partially) meet student demands, while students attempted to gain influence in decision-making bodies by joining political parties and/or participating in elections. By contrast, in England and Italy, students did not obtain concessions from the government, while their campaigns had a minor effect on public opinion, which remained relatively indifferent to their demands. More notably, student protesters failed to build solid alliances with other social and political actors opposing similar neoliberal measures in other fields of policy, such as trade unions, radical left parties, and social movements.

Keywords:   student protests, higher education policies, Chile, Quebec, student demands, England, Italy, student protesters, higher education reforms

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