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The Bologna process and the Lisbon strategy: commercialisation of higher education through the back door?

Garben, Sacha (2010) The Bologna process and the Lisbon strategy: commercialisation of higher education through the back door? Croatian Yearbook of European Law and Policy , 6 . pp. 167-208. ISSN 1845-5662

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Abstract

The higher education sectors of European countries have been subjected to an unprecedented amount of reforms over the past decade. Much of these changes are the consequence of the Bologna Process, which introduces a common Bachelor-Master-Doctorate system in the participating countries, with a view to increasing the employability of the European citizen and the international competitiveness of Europe as a whole. Apart from the Bologna Process, the important EU policy project called the Lisbon Strategy clearly affects higher education policy, as its goal is to establish the world’s most competitive knowledge economy. ‘Lisbon’ and ‘Bologna’ increasingly converge, particularly via the Open Method of Coordination, which is not surprising considering that they are both part of the same momentum. This momentum seems to regard education almost exclusively as an economic commodity, and it could therefore be argued that both policy projects contribute to a commercialisation of higher education. The desirability of this development is questionable, and the fact that both Bologna and Lisbon suffer from serious democratic defects indicates that much needed public-wide discussions are lacking.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.cyelp.com/index.php/cyelp/index
Additional Information: © 2010 The Author
Library of Congress subject classification: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
L Education > LF Individual institutions (Europe)
Sets: Departments > Law
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2011 15:44
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/38252/

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