Valorisation and the Role of the University under New Labour: Reclaiming the Commons in a Knowledge-based Economy

  • Molly Bellamy
Part of the Marxism and Education book series (MAED)


There has been a widely recognised transformation in Higher Education (HE) over the past 12 years under New Labour. It has taken place in relation to a broader picture of transition to a new economic paradigm that has been referred to in epochal terms such as the knowledge industry, digital capitalism, the virtual economy, and the learning age. These terms point to the perception of productive forms that are postfordist, which promote knowledge production and diffusion, and which signpost a consciousness that “material processes in today’s economies are increasingly replaced by immaterial processes” (Hermann 2008:1).


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