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Deliberative democracy and higher education policy discourse in South Africa: in defence of equitable redress

Waghid, Yusef

Abstract:
In this chapter, the author defines deliberative democracy as the " notion that legitimate political decision-making emanates from the public deliberation of citizens".   Waghid explores two theoretical statements  vis-a-vis the concept of deliberative democracy and links two higher education policy moments in South Africa: first, the symbolic policy positioning and the need for equitable redress together with achieving national development ; and second, " economic rationalism" and global competativeness vis-a-vis the " reconfiguration" of higher education policy discourse.  The author outlines the key goals of the National Plan for Higher Education  ( NPHE ) that was promulgated under the higher education policy discourse. A detailed discussion ensues regarding the Council of Higher Education ( CHE )'s advice report to the Minister on the National Plan.  In conclusion, Waghid poses the question " What should happen to higher education policy discourse? ".

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Chapter Title: Deliberative democracy and higher education policy discourse in South Africa: in defence of equitable redress
City: Pretoria, South Africa
Publisher: South African Association for Research and Development in Higher Education ( SAARDHE )


Date:2004
Document Type:Chapter in Book (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:National Systems and Comparative Studies
Country:South Africa
Keywords:South Africa, Higher Education Policy, Democracy, Redress


File Size:67 KB
Rights:Permission to reproduce this chapter was granted by the South African Association for Research and Development in Higher Education( SAARDHE )
Date Added:02 March 2007


Waghid, Yusef (2004). Deliberative democracy and higher education policy discourse in South Africa: in defence of equitable redress. In Yusef Waghid and Lesley le Grange ( eds ) Imaginaries on democratic education and change Pretoria, South Africa: SAARDHE,31-40