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Le rôle de la quantification dans le processus de marchandisation de l'université : Étude de cas d'une université anglaise

Abstract : In the higher education marketisation process that has been taking place since the early 1980s, quantification plays a central part by establishing equivalences and hierarchies (rankings) : quantification makes it possible to consider that HEIs, courses and even academics are interchangeable and have no intrinsic value but a only a relative value determined by supply and demand. Drawing on the case study of an English university we argue that quantification goes along with marketisation. We show that the State and the university management use numbers in order to transform education and research into substitutable elements that are reducible to a single or a small number of relevant criteria. This transformation is implemented through the steering of academics' practices. The performative character of quantification is used as a tool for transforming social reality and for marketising the Higher Education sector.
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Elsa Boulet, Hugo Harari-Kermadec. Le rôle de la quantification dans le processus de marchandisation de l'université : Étude de cas d'une université anglaise. Politiques et Management public, Institut de management public, 2014, Les politiques du chiffre : Entre « managérialisation » du politique et politisation du management, 31 (4), pp.405-420. ⟨10.3166/pmp.31.405-420⟩. ⟨hal-01134547⟩

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