Published Humanitas, Volume XXXI, Nos. 1 and 2, 2018

The slipperiness of neoliberalism as a concept in recent critiques of higher learning is not a surprise: according to the political scientists Taylor Boas and Jordan Gans-Morse, in scholarship neoliberalism “is effectively used in many different ways, such that its appearance in any given article offers little clue as to what it actually means.” Nevertheless, critics of neoliberalism in higher education have something common in mind when they speak of neoliberalism’s influence, and if the stakes are as high as they suggest, their arguments merit careful consideration.

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