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Michael A. Peters & Petar Jandrić

In: The SAGE Handbook of Neoliberalism

Chapter 41: Neoliberalism and the University

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Neoliberalism and the University
Neoliberalism and the University
Michael A. Peters Petar Jandrić

The rise of neoliberalism during 1980s and 1990s has fundamentally transformed public institutions and the traditional university. Within a few short decades, the social democratic model, which sees education as a fundamental human right, has been replaced by the commodified neoliberal university based on assumptions of individuality, rationality and self-interest summarized by the notion of homo economicus. With the arrival of the age of digital reason, however, the wheel of development has made another turn. New technologies have brought into prominence new ways of knowledge making, dissemination, and governance such as peer-production, co-creation, co-design, co-responsibility, collective intelligence, and peer government. In this way, ...

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