The Contentious Politics of Higher Education
Struggles and Power Relations within English and Italian Universities
Drawing on neo-institutionalist and social movement approaches, this book analyses the impact that recent student mobilizations have brought about within Italian and English universities in terms of student services, curriculum organization, and governance structures. Arguing that the university context is central to explaining the variety and diversity of this impact, the author examines the effects of the type of governance on the strategies and tactics of the students and the responses of the challenged, considering the differences that exist between Italy, where universities are largely run by academics, and England, where universities tend to be governed by academic managers.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction, Part I: Framework and context, 2. The contentious politics of higher education, 3. The marketization of higher education in Italy and England and its resistances, Part II: Empirical analysis, 4. The “contested HE reforms.” The university mobilizations in Italy and England, 5. What is at stake? The impact of student activism on Italian universities, 6. What is at stake? The impact of student activism on English universities, Part III: Conclusion, 7. The contentious politics of higher education. Some concluding remarks
Lorenzo Cini is Postdoctoral Fellow at the Humanities and Social Sciences Institute of the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa, Italy. His main research interest is student mobilizations in neoliberal universities. On this topic, Cini has published several chapters in edited volumes (for Brill and Routledge) and articles in journals (Current Sociology, Social Movement Studies, Italian Review of Political Science, Anthropological Theory, and PACO).