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Beyond Commercialization: Science, Higher Education and the Culture of Neoliberalism (2013)


Since the 1980s, scholars and others have been engaged in a lively debate about the virtues and dangers of mingling commerce with university science. In this paper, we contend that the commercialization of academic science, and higher education more broadly, are best understood as pieces of a larger story. We use two cases of institutional change at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to shed light on the implications of neoliberalism for public research universities in the United States. We conclude that instead of neoliberalization being a timely strategy for the specific fiscal and other problems facing public universities today, it has become an omnibus solution available to be employed when any opportunity arises and, in fact, helps to define the “problems” of the university in the first place.

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Article Gürol Irzik (2013) Introduction: Commercialization of Academic Science and a New Agenda for Science Education. Science and Education (pp. 2375-2384). unapi

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Article Daniel Lee Kleinman; Noah Weeth Feinstein; Greg Downey (2013) Erratum to: Beyond Commercialization: Science, Higher Education and the Culture of Neoliberalism. Science and Education (pp. 2403-2403). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Ashworth, William J.
Berman, Elizabeth Popp
Carrier, Martin
Fuller, Steven
Fumian, Carlo
Glenna, Leland L.
Science, Technology, and Human Values
Annals of Science: The History of Science and Technology
Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte
Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society
History of Science
Journal of the History of Ideas
Michigan State University
Franz Steiner Verlag
LIT Verlag
Princeton University Press
Science and economics
Science and politics
Hayek, Friedrich August von
Holwarda, Johannes Phocylides
Mises, Ludwig von
Time Periods
20th century
21st century
19th century
20th century, late
18th century
20th century, early
United States
Great Britain
Dutch East India Company
Olivetti S.p.A (Firm)

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