British Labour and Higher Education, 1945 to 2000: Ideologies, Policies and Practice [NOOK Book]

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Higher education provision is an essential component (socially as well as economically) of modern social structures. British Labour and Higher Education focuses on the development of Labour policy on higher education from 1945 to 2000. It analyses the rapid expansion and series of fundamental transformations in higher education and Labour’s part in both shaping and reacting to them. The authors explore the historical evolution and Labour’s varying policy initiatives in the period, and question the place higher ...
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British Labour and Higher Education, 1945 to 2000: Ideologies, Policies and Practice

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Overview

Higher education provision is an essential component (socially as well as economically) of modern social structures. British Labour and Higher Education focuses on the development of Labour policy on higher education from 1945 to 2000. It analyses the rapid expansion and series of fundamental transformations in higher education and Labour’s part in both shaping and reacting to them. The authors explore the historical evolution and Labour’s varying policy initiatives in the period, and question the place higher education has occupied in the various strands of Labour ideology. As always with ‘Labourism’, perspectives are contentious and contested, spanning the centralist ‘Fabians’, the liberal moralists, and the socialist left.

How far, if at all, have Labour’s policy stances in this area confronted the elite social reproduction functions of universities or the instrumentalist needs of corporate capitalism? Has this policy evolution given concrete evidence to support Ralph Miliband’s pessimistic assessment of ‘Labourism’ as a political formation structurally unable to confront capitalist social structures, or to see a viable ‘Third Way’, as advocated by New Labour?
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Richard Taylor is Emeritus Professorial Fellow at Wolfson College, University of Cambridge, UK, where he was Professor and Director of the Institute of Continuing Education until 2009. He is Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Workers' Educational Association (WEA), and has been Chair of the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE), and Secretary of the Universities Association for Lifelong Learning (UALL).

Tom Steele is a Senior Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow, UK

Anthony Haynes is former Chair of the English Association schools committee, former faculty co-ordinator and mentor of PGCE students and NQTs.

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Table of Contents

Preface \ Acknowledgements \ 1. Introduction: From Tawney to New Labour \ 2. Labour Ideology and the Context for Higher Education Policy \ 3. R. H. Tawney and the Reform of the Universities \ 4. The Only Place for a Socialist: Lindsay, Keele University and its Legacy \ 5. Labour Party Intellectuals and the New Sociology \ 6. More Robinson than Robbins: the Evolution of the Polytechnics under Labour \ 7. Wilson's Baby: Michael Young, Jennie Lee and the Open University \ 8. The 'Old' and 'New' Lefts, and the Radical Student Voice in the 1960s and 1970s \ 9. A Postscript: New Labour and Higher Education \ 10. Conclusion \ Notes \ Bibliography \ Glossary \ Index
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