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Combining planning and the market: an analysis of the Government strategy towards higher education in the Netherlands

Combining planning and the market: an analysis of the Government strategy towards higher... The article discusses and analyses the government strategy towards higher education in the Netherlands as it has been designed and implemented since the publication of an influential policy document in 1985. This strategy intends to be a significant break with traditional government attitude of detail planning and control. It tries to strength the autonomy of the higher education institutions and to enlarge their adaptability to the needs of the society. In this article the government strategy is characterized as a combination of two fundamental mechanisms of coordination: planning and the market. It is argued that the strategy shows that the Dutch Government tries to address both market and non-market failures. However, by doing so, it has created a mixed bag policies and instruments, demonstrating that government has not yet abandoned its confidence in its own capacity to successfully steer the higher education system. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Higher Education Policy Springer Journals

Combining planning and the market: an analysis of the Government strategy towards higher education in the Netherlands

Higher Education Policy , Volume 10 (4) – Sep 1, 1997

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 1997 by International Association of Universities
Subject
Education; Education, general; Educational Policy and Politics; Higher Education; Education Policy
ISSN
0952-8733
eISSN
1740-3863
DOI
10.1016/S0952-8733(97)00014-7
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Abstract

The article discusses and analyses the government strategy towards higher education in the Netherlands as it has been designed and implemented since the publication of an influential policy document in 1985. This strategy intends to be a significant break with traditional government attitude of detail planning and control. It tries to strength the autonomy of the higher education institutions and to enlarge their adaptability to the needs of the society. In this article the government strategy is characterized as a combination of two fundamental mechanisms of coordination: planning and the market. It is argued that the strategy shows that the Dutch Government tries to address both market and non-market failures. However, by doing so, it has created a mixed bag policies and instruments, demonstrating that government has not yet abandoned its confidence in its own capacity to successfully steer the higher education system.

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Higher Education PolicySpringer Journals

Published: Sep 1, 1997

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