Publication Date



This chapter discusses and evaluates critically current neo-liberal reforms in higher education. It examines major trends in current research in higher education reforms, the politics of education reforms in general, and role of the state, and dominant ideologies defining and shaping policy priorities of efficiency and performance indicators. In evaluating current research on globalisation, policy and the politics of higher education reforms it needs to be concluded that education and societies are under constant pressure from the forces of globalisation, dominant ideologies, and the ubiquitous competitive market forces. The higher education sector, having adopted the entrepreneurial business model, is compelled to embrace neo-liberal ideology, characterised by the corporate ethos of the efficiency, accountability, standards, performance, and profit-driven managerialism. Global competition, university rankings and leagues tables, and internationalisation, are some of the few characteristics defining and shaping the university governance and culture glocally.

Document Type

Book Chapter

Access Rights

ERA Access

Access may be restricted.