Palgrave Studies in Global Higher Education

Policy Analysis of Structural Reforms in Higher Education

Processes and Outcomes

Authors: de Boer, H., File, J., Huisman, J., Seeber, M., Vukasovic, M., Westerheijden, D.F.

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  • Explores the effectiveness of structural and policy reforms in higher education
  • Draws on eleven in-depth country case studies
  • Draws on a unique conceptual framework 
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This book addresses the complex phenomenon in higher education of structural reforms in higher education systems. Across the globe, governments initiate comprehensive reforms of their higher education systems because they want their models to be the best and to excel at what they do. This regularly requires governments to change the higher education landscape to achieve their set objectives. Changes can include merger processes, the introduction of a new sector of higher education or a new type of higher education institution or excellence initiative. This book explores the current understanding of how successful such comprehensive reforms have been through an examination of eleven reform cases in European countries. For each reform, the different phases of the policy process – policy objectives, design, implementation, policy tools and evaluation – are systematically described and analysed to provide an overview of the factors that contribute to the success or failure of the reforms.  

About the authors

Jeroen Huisman is Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Sociology at Ghent University, Belgium. He is editor of Higher Education Policy and co-editor of the SRHE Higher Education book series and the series Theory and Method in Higher Education Research.

Harry de Boer is Deputy-director and Senior Researcher at the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS), University of Twente, the Netherlands. He is on the Editorial Board of the Higher Education Quarterly.

Jon File is Director of Development and Consultancy at the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS), University of Twente, the Netherlands. His international work has taken him to almost 50 countries over the past decade and a half.

Martina Vukasovic is a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Higher Education Governance Ghent (CHEGG), Belgium. She is a member of the Consortium of Higher Education Researchers (CHER), the network of Early Career Higher Education Researchers (ECHER), and the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) Standing Group on Politics of Higher Education, Research and Innovation. She is on the Editorial Board of the European Journal of Higher Education.

Marco Seeber is a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Higher Education Governance Ghent (CHEGG), Belgium. His research focuses on how macro, meso and micro level factors and their interactions affect the governance of higher education systems and management of universities.

Don F. Westerheijden is Senior Research Associate at the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS), University of Twente, the Netherlands. His research interests include international comparisons of quality assurance, accreditation, (multidimensional) rankings and excellence in teaching & learning in higher education. He sits on the Editorial Board of the journal Quality in Higher Education.

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“This book is interesting for scholars, researchers, practitioners and policymakers who (1) wish to enlarge their understanding of reforms in higher education, their rationale and their (possible) outcomes, (2) want to have a better insight into other European practices of higher education reform or (3) who are interested in the way policy in general and reform policy in particular develops, grows and reaches a sort of finish line – or not.” (Bruno Broucker, European Journal of Higher Education, Vol. 7, November, 2017)

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)
  • Structural Reform in European Higher Education: An Introduction

    Pages 1-28

    de Boer, Harry (et al.)

  • Reform of the Fachhochschulen in Austria

    Pages 31-51

    Pausits, Attila

  • Partial Horizontal Differentiation in Croatian Higher Education: How Ideas, Institutions and Interests Shape the Policy Process

    Pages 53-73

    Brankovic, Jelena (et al.)

  • Strengthening Research at the Dutch ‘Hogescholen’: From Ideas to Institutionalization

    Pages 75-94

    Boer, Harry

  • Pulling the Plug in a Bathtub: The Big Consequences of a Small Change in Norwegian Higher Education

    Pages 95-117

    Elken, Mari (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Policy Analysis of Structural Reforms in Higher Education
Book Subtitle
Processes and Outcomes
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Global Higher Education
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-42237-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-42237-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-42236-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-82533-5
Series ISSN
2662-4214
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 303
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
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