B. Salter and T. Tapper
Political Studies, vol. 48, 2000, p.66-87
Traces the move of higher education in Britain from a position of autonomy in the early 1980s to a position of being externally regulated and held accountable to government by the end of the 1990s. The ideological basis of this change was the economic model of education. This views education as an economic resource which should be organised in such a way as to make the maximum contribution to Britain's economic well-being. It is then the responsibility of the state to ensure that higher education institutions are held accountable for carrying out their economic role correctly. The current mechanism of control is the Quality Assurance Agency, which sets standards and evaluates the performance of higher education institutions.