Policy Press

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Contesting Higher Education

Student Movements against Neoliberal Universities

By Donatella della Porta, Lorenzo Cini and César Guzmán-Concha

Published

3 Jun 2020

Page count

230 pages

ISBN

978-1529208627

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

3 Jun 2020

Page count

230 pages

ISBN

978-1529208641

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

3 Jun 2020

Page count

230 pages

ISBN

978-1529208641

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Contesting Higher Education

Using new research on higher education in the UK, Canada, Chile and Italy, this rigorous comparative study investigates key episodes of student protests against neoliberal policies and practices in today’s universities.

As well as examining origins and outcomes of higher education reforms, the authors set these waves of demonstrations in the wider contexts of student movements, political activism and social issues, including inequality and civil rights.

Offering sophisticated new theoretical arguments based on fascinating empirical work, the insights and conclusions revealed in this original study are of value to anyone with an interest in social, political and related studies.

"This is a theoretically advanced and empirically rigorous investigation of contemporary student movements in international comparative perspective. It is a must-read for all students and researchers interested in student politics." Manja Klemenčič, Harvard University

"This book will enlighten anyone interested in student movements, the policy consequences of movements and contentious politics more generally." Jeff Goodwin, New York University

"This is a welcome addition to the literatures on student movements, comparative political economy and new forms of contentious politics in an age in which neoliberal orthodoxy is being challenged around the world." Sidney Tarrow, Cornell University

Donatella della Porta is Professor of Political Science, Dean of the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences and Director of the PhD programme in Political Science and Sociology at the Scuola Normale Superiore, where she also leads the Center on Social Movement Studies (Cosmos).

Lorenzo Cini is Research Fellow in the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences at the Scuola Normale Superiore, and a research member of Cosmos.

César Guzmán-Concha is Marie Curie Fellow at the University of Geneva. He has worked and collaborated with universities in Spain, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands and Chile.

The Contentious Politics of Higher Education

Student Campaigns

Higher Education Policies

Student Politics

The Outcomes of Student Protest

Conclusions