Neo-liberalism in the Italian university: Encroachment and resistance

Luca Scacchi, Angelo Benozzo, Domenico Carbone, Maria Grazia Monaci

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Neo-liberalism has spread throughout the world in tandem with globalization. This article attempts to address the way in which neo-liberalism has operated in the Italian university system, an academic context that has its own history, values, and traditions. A brief overview of the consequences of neo-liberalism in Italy is followed by a description of the stages in the neo-liberal university reforms that have characterized the Italian academic world since the end of the 1980s. Finally, three forms of resistance that hinder the process of neo-liberalization and make it non-linear are examined in depth.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)205-213
Number of pages9
JournalCultural Studies - Critical Methodologies
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2017


  • higher education
  • Italy
  • neo-liberalism

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