Deregulation, debt and the discipline of law
The introduction of a user-pays regime is in the process of transmuting higher education from a public to a private good, which has particular ramifications for law. The issue has been thrown into sharp relief by the Coalition government’s proposal that university fees be deregulated. When I published Privatising the Public University: The Case of Law in 2012,1 wholesale deregulation was not on the political agenda, although the commodification of higher education and the corporatisation of universities were already inducing a shift away from disinterested knowledge towards its capitalisation and exploitation. I briefly overview how this state of affairs came about and consider the implications of the new regime for law graduates.