The Culture of Control in the Contemporary University

  • Łukasz SułkowskiEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Critical University Studies book series (PCU)


The purpose of this chapter is to present a critique of the fundamental ideas of neoliberal university management, where the culture of control and the culture of evidence play key roles. It is based on the concepts of new public management as applied to universities, which have been reflected on in a critical management studies stream and other radical trends in social sciences. This chapter puts forward a question about the effectiveness of applied neoliberal management solutions and the legitimacy of their criticism under the radical trend in management, pedagogy and social sciences. Along with making public goods, such as health care, welfare and higher education, accessible to the general public in the twentieth century, the problem of growing costs of such services emerged as well.


High Education Control Culture Academic Staff Public Management Quality Culture 
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Chapter was written as a result of the research project No. 2014/13/B/HS4/01581 financed by the National Science Centre.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Jagiellonian UniversityKrakowPoland
  2. 2.The University of Social SciencesLodzPoland

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