Governing Higher Education: National Perspectives on Institutional Governance / Edition 1

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The most comprehensive international discussion of higher education governance ever published, this volume presents a critical analysis of governance issues and reforms in nine countries, including Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The authors share a common view that higher education governance has become an important issue as systems and institutions struggle to deal with new external and internal demands, but each chapter presents a unique perspective in the analysis of national systems and recent reforms. The book draws together many of the leading international scholars in higher education to explore different theoretical perspectives and present new empirical evidence on system and institutional governance issues. In the concluding chapter, the common things emerging from these national perspectives are presented and analysed, and an agenda for future research is discussed.

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"... there are some pearls of new knowledge, especially from papers based on empirical studies rather than high-level policy analysis. [...] This collection of papers provides a useful reference for anyone interested in international trends in governance and management. The volume highlights how historial and cultural factors remain an important influence in the way that systems and institutions respond differently to common global, social and economic trends."
(Maddy McMaster, University of Melbourne, Australia in Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, (26:1)

"This book addresses from a multinational perspective the vital role of institutional governance in its myriad dimensions. … Contributors to this volume represent nine countries. … The main strengths of this volume rest in its intellectual integrity and international scope. … This book serves as a valuable reference for the higher education governance scholar. … This volume provides an excellent representative look at strategic issues surrounding higher education governance from a multinational perspective. This book will serve well the strategic planner and policy maker." (James S. Taylor, Planning for Higher Education, Vol. 33 (2), 2005)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402010781
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 12/31/2002
  • Series: Higher Education Dynamics Series, #2
  • Edition description: 2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 299
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Contributors. Preface; A. Amaral, P. Maassen. Introduction; M.I. Reed, et al. The Emergent Role of External Stakeholders in European Higher Education Governance; A. Amaral, A. Magalhães. Organisational Strategies and Governance Structures in Dutch Universities; P. Maassen. Trust, the Essence of Governance?; Boer. The Recent Evolution of French Universities; C. Musselin, S, Mignot-Gérard. University Governance and Finance: The Impact of Changes in Resource Allocation on Decision Making Structures; T. Chevaillier. Between Control, Rituals and Politics: The Governing Board in Higher Education Institutions in Norway; I. Marheim-Larsen. The Construction of New Curricula in a New Educational Context: Roles and Responsibilities in Nursing Education in Norway; B. Karseth. Interdepartmental Functional Integration and Decentralisation of Decision Making in the Merged Colleges of Higher Education in Flanders, Belgium; J.C. Verhoeven, G. Devos. New Managerialism, Professional Power and Organisational Governance in UK Universities: A Review and Assessment; M.I. Reed. Higher Education Governance in the UK: Change and Continuity; O. Fulton. The Structure of University Governance in Canada: A Policy Network Approach; G.A. Jones. On the Road to Mediocrity? Governance and Management of Australian Higher Education in the Market Place; V.L. Meek. Governance in US Universities: Aligning Internal Dynamics with Today's Needs; E. El-Khawas. Governing Higher Education: Comparing National Perspectives; A. Amaral, et al.
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