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Free to manage?: a neo-liberal defence of academic freedom in British higher education

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Free to manage? a neo-liberal defence of academic freedom in British higher education. / Miller, Brian.

In: Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, Vol. 36, No. 2, 04.2014, p. 143-154.

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Miller, Brian. / Free to manage? a neo-liberal defence of academic freedom in British higher education. In: Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management. 2014 ; Vol. 36, No. 2. pp. 143-154.

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