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International Perspectives on the Governance of Higher Education
Alternative Frameworks for Coordination

Edited By

Jeroen Huisman

ISBN 9780203883358
Published March 28, 2009 by Routledge
304 Pages 30 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Essential reading for policy makers, institutional leaders, managers, advisors, and scholars in the field of higher education, International Perspectives on the Governance of Higher Education analyzes how the governance of higher education systems has evolved in recent years. This volume is an authoritative overview with contributions from authors from the U.K., the Netherlands, Denmark, Portugal, Norway, Italy, Ireland, Austria, Germany, Canada, the U.S. and Australia.

Comprehensive in coverage, this volume explores how the use of disciplinary approaches and frameworks, particularly from political science, public administration and public policy help us to understand better the coordination of higher education systems. This is an arduous but gratifying challenge, given the current complexity of multi-actor and multi-level steering in higher education, rife with unintended outcomes and unanticipated dynamics.

The edited volume looks to:

  • The role of government, market and network steering in higher education systems.
  • Governance in the knowledge society.
  • How the use of disciplinary approaches help to better understand the steering policy processes and outcomes in higher education.
  • Empirical studies exploring governance issues across systems and over time within systems.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Series Editors' Introduction

Notes on Contributors

Foreword by Christopher Hood

Chapter 1: Coming to terms with governance in higher education, by Jeroen Huisman

Part I: The Application of Governance Frameworks

Chapter 2: Governance in Higher Education: An Analysis of the Italian Experience, by Gianfranco Rebora and Matteo Turri

Chapter 3: Governance in German Higher Education: Competition Versus Negotiation of Performance, by Dominic Orr and Michael Jaeger

Chapter 4: Governing Disciplines: Reform and Placation in the Austrian University System, by Claudia Meister-Scheytt and Alan Scott

Chapter 5: Prometheus (on the) Rebound? Freedom and the Danish Steering System, by Susan Wright and Jakob Williams Ørberg

Chapter 6: Reform Policies and Change Processes in Europe, by Catherine Paradeise, Ivar Bleiklie, Jürgen Enders, Gaële Goastellec, Svein Michelsen, Emanuela Reale & Don F. Westerheijden

Chapter 7: Policy Networks and Research on Higher Education Governance and Policy, by Lucia Padure and Glen A. Jones

Part II: Variations on a Governance Theme

Chapter 8: Effectiveness or Economy? Policy Drivers in UK Higher Education, 1985-2005, by Roger Brown

Chapter 9: Good Governance and Australian Higher Education: An Analysis of a Neo-liberal Decade, by Leo Goedegebuure, Martin Hayden and V. Lynn Meek

Chapter 10: Viewing Recent US Governance Reform Whole: ‘Decentralization’ in a distinctive context, by Michael K. McLendon and James C. Hearn

Chapter 11: Mapping out Discourses on Higher Education Governance, by António Magalhães and Alberto Amaral

Chapter 12: Irish Higher education and the Knowledge Economy, by Kelly Coate and Iain Mac Labhrainn

Part III: The Invisible Hand of Governance

Chapter 13: The Effectiveness of a Dutch Policy Reform: Academic Responses to Imposed Changes, by Harry F. de Boer

Chapter 14: The Graduate System in Transition: External Ph.D. Researchers in a Managerial Context?, by Christine Teelken, Kees Boersma and Peter Groenewegen

Chapter 15: Governance and the Autonomous University: Changing Institutional Leadership in UK and Australian Higher Education, by David Smith and Jonathan Adams


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Jeroen Huisman is Professor in Higher Education Management and director of the International Centre for Higher Education Management (ICHEM), University of Bath. He is a graduate from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands (Educational Sciences, 1991), and received his PhD at the University of Twente (1995).