Pushing universities to market their products

Redefinitions of academic activities in Finland

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Abstract

During the last decade Finnish universities have been obliged to respond to changing socioeconomic pressures. In the welfare state period, the university policy emphasized social and regional equality and democratization. The universities were expected to contribute to the common good. But from the end of the 1980s, the goals of the welfare state have been complemented or substituted by the neo-liberal ideals that rely on the logic of market forces. This has meant new social values and roles for the universities. The universities are pushed to specify their areas of expertise and compete for both public and private resources. These pressures stem from national technology and innovation policies as well as from the policies of the European Union. In this chapter we explore these two periods of change from the aspect of the universities. Because the universities differ in size, disciplinary composition and background they also experience the pressures differently. We take a close look at three leading Finnish universities during these two periods and their responses to the almost opposite pressures of welfare state ideology and neo-liberalism.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComparative Perspectives on Universities
EditorsRagnvald Kalleberg, Fredrik Engelstad, Grete Brochmann, Arnlaug Leira, Lars Mjoset
Number of pages48
Volume2000
PublisherJAI PRESS INC
Publication date2000
Pages165-212
ISBN (Print)978-0-7623-0679-4
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-84950-059-3
Publication statusPublished - 2000
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter

Publication series

NameComparative Social Research
PublisherJai Press Inc
Volume19

Fields of Science

  • 5141 Sociology

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Häyrinen-Alestalo, M., Snell, K., & Peltola, U. (2000). Pushing universities to market their products: Redefinitions of academic activities in Finland. In R. Kalleberg, F. Engelstad, G. Brochmann, A. Leira, & L. Mjoset (Eds.), Comparative Perspectives on Universities (Vol. 2000, pp. 165-212). (Comparative Social Research; Vol. 19). JAI PRESS INC.
Häyrinen-Alestalo, Marja ; Snell, Karoliina ; Peltola, Ulla. / Pushing universities to market their products : Redefinitions of academic activities in Finland. Comparative Perspectives on Universities. editor / Ragnvald Kalleberg ; Fredrik Engelstad ; Grete Brochmann ; Arnlaug Leira ; Lars Mjoset. Vol. 2000 JAI PRESS INC, 2000. pp. 165-212 (Comparative Social Research).
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Häyrinen-Alestalo, M, Snell, K & Peltola, U 2000, Pushing universities to market their products: Redefinitions of academic activities in Finland. in R Kalleberg, F Engelstad, G Brochmann, A Leira & L Mjoset (eds), Comparative Perspectives on Universities. vol. 2000, Comparative Social Research, vol. 19, JAI PRESS INC, pp. 165-212.

Pushing universities to market their products : Redefinitions of academic activities in Finland. / Häyrinen-Alestalo, Marja; Snell, Karoliina; Peltola, Ulla.

Comparative Perspectives on Universities. ed. / Ragnvald Kalleberg; Fredrik Engelstad; Grete Brochmann; Arnlaug Leira; Lars Mjoset. Vol. 2000 JAI PRESS INC, 2000. p. 165-212 (Comparative Social Research; Vol. 19).

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Häyrinen-Alestalo M, Snell K, Peltola U. Pushing universities to market their products: Redefinitions of academic activities in Finland. In Kalleberg R, Engelstad F, Brochmann G, Leira A, Mjoset L, editors, Comparative Perspectives on Universities. Vol. 2000. JAI PRESS INC. 2000. p. 165-212. (Comparative Social Research).