1st Edition

University Autonomy Decline Causes, Responses, and Implications for Academic Freedom

    226 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    226 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book provides empirically grounded insights into the causes, trajectories, and effects of a severe decline in university autonomy and the relationship to other dimensions of academic freedom by comparing in-depth country studies and evidence from a new global timeseries dataset.

    Drawing attention to ongoing discussions on standards for monitoring and assessment of academic freedom at regional and international organizations, this book identifies a need for clearer standards on academic freedom and a human rights-based definition of university autonomy. Further, the book calls for accompanying international oversight and the inclusion of criteria related to academic freedom in international university rankings. Five expert-authored case studies on academic freedom from diverse nations (Bangladesh, Mozambique, India, Poland, and Turkey) are included in the volume.

    Drawing on both qualitative and quantitative evidence, the book offers a unique and timely contribution to the field and will be of great interest to scholars, researchers, and students in the fields of higher education, human rights, political science and public policy.

    This Open Access book is available at www.taylorfrancis.com, and has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

    1. Introduction: University Autonomy  Part I: University Autonomy in the World Today 2. University Autonomy and Academic Freedom Part II: Academic Freedom Case Studies  3. Introduction to the Case Studies  4. Academic Freedom in Bangladesh Mubashar Hasan and Nazmul Ahasan  5. Academic Freedom in India Niraja Gopal Jayal  6. Academic Freedom in Mozambique Nelson Casimiro Zavale  7. Academic Freedom in Poland Marta Bucholc  8. Academic Freedom in Turkey Olga Selin Hünler  Part III: Understanding Autonomy 9. Hypotheses on Institutional Autonomy Decline  10. Conclusions: Learning Lessons and Moving Forward


    Kirsten Roberts Lyer is Associate Professor at Central European University, Vienna, Austria.

    Ilyas Saliba is a Research Fellow at WZB Berlin Social Science Center, Germany.

    Janika Spannagel is a Postdoctoral fellow at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.

    "Academic freedom is more important and more under threat than ever. Autonomy is the first line of defense, but little understood and poorly guarded. The authors meet this gap with data and case examples that inform and support further research and calls for action."

    Robert Quinn, Executive Director, Scholars at Risk Network

    "Academic Freedom is a good proxy for democracy, and institutional autonomy a good indicator of academic freedom. By focusing on the decline in institutional autonomy across states, this valuable book fills a critical gap in the literature. Keeping universities free matters not just for students and teachers, but for the wider public and future generations."

    Nandini Sundar, Delhi University, India