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University GovernanceUniversities Steering between Stories and History

University Governance: Universities Steering between Stories and History [This last chapter brings us back to interpretation. An inadvertent observer reading governmental white papers from our seven countries could infer from their repertoire similarities that convergence is on its way in Europe. Yet, by paying more attention to national histories of public policies implementation, the former chapter shows a paradoxical result: reforms of higher education (HE) in Western European countries have much in common and yet each is path dependent. In each of the countries studied, universities seem to have changed dramatically, although at various degrees, and exhibit new traits, compared to 25 years ago. The new traits are not stabilized, however: reforms continue everywhere. Change is still in process of redefining national higher education and research (HER) systems, in terms of their missions and operation. It is at least as evident as continuity. There is little difference in the pattern of high organizational turbulence in the HE systems between well known reform-prone countries such as those in Northern Europe, and supposedly rigid societies like France.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

University GovernanceUniversities Steering between Stories and History

Part of the Higher Education Dynamics Book Series (volume 25)
Editors: Paradeise, Catherine; Reale, Emanuela; Bleiklie, Ivar; Ferlie, Ewan
University Governance — Jan 1, 2009

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Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright
© Springer Netherlands 2009
ISBN
978-1-4020-8637-3
Pages
227 –246
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-9515-3_10
Publisher site
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Abstract

[This last chapter brings us back to interpretation. An inadvertent observer reading governmental white papers from our seven countries could infer from their repertoire similarities that convergence is on its way in Europe. Yet, by paying more attention to national histories of public policies implementation, the former chapter shows a paradoxical result: reforms of higher education (HE) in Western European countries have much in common and yet each is path dependent. In each of the countries studied, universities seem to have changed dramatically, although at various degrees, and exhibit new traits, compared to 25 years ago. The new traits are not stabilized, however: reforms continue everywhere. Change is still in process of redefining national higher education and research (HER) systems, in terms of their missions and operation. It is at least as evident as continuity. There is little difference in the pattern of high organizational turbulence in the HE systems between well known reform-prone countries such as those in Northern Europe, and supposedly rigid societies like France.]

Published: Jan 1, 2009

Keywords: High Education; Policy Instrument; Public Authority; Public Management; Network Governance

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