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Securing the Future of Higher Education in England
Article first published online: 18 OCT 2013
© The Authors 2013. The Political Quarterly © The Political Quarterly Publishing Co. Ltd. 2013
The Political Quarterly
Volume 84, Issue 3, pages 404–409, October 2013
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ESSON, J. and ERTL, H. (2013), Securing the Future of Higher Education in England. The Political Quarterly, 84: 404–409. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-923X.2013.12031.x
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- Issue published online: 18 OCT 2013
- Article first published online: 18 OCT 2013
- Cited By
- Higher Education;
- student fees;
- widening participation;
- knowledge economy
This article reviews the IPPR commissioned report ‘Securing the Future of Higher Education in England’. It is argued that the report identifies key shortcomings in contemporary higher education policy, and develops some important recommendations for shaping the sector in the future. However, several of the proposed recommendations would create new divisions in the sector and reinforce existing ones. Moreover, the report maintains and reproduces the ideological status quo of contemporary higher education policy, which can broadly be described as the organisation and provision of higher education along ‘quasi-market’ lines. Crucially, although the report advocates reform based on social justice, in the contemporary context of fiscal retrenchment, the majority of recommendations are underpinned by, arguably necessary, economic rationales.