University Governance

Western European Comparative Perspectives

  • Catherine Paradeise
  • Emanuela Reale
  • Ivar Bleiklie
  • Ewan Ferlie

Part of the Higher Education Dynamics book series (HEDY, volume 25)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Ewan Ferlie, Christine Musselin, Gianluca Andresani
    Pages 1-19
  3. Christine Musselin, Catherine Paradeise
    Pages 21-49
  4. Uwe Schimank, Stefan Lange
    Pages 51-75
  5. Don F. Westerheijden, Harry de Boer, Jürgen Enders
    Pages 103-125
  6. Ivar Bleiklie
    Pages 127-152
  7. Lukas Baschung, Martin Benninghoff, Gaële Goastellec, Juan Perellon
    Pages 153-175
  8. Ewan Ferlie, Gianluca Andresani
    Pages 177-195
  9. Catherine Paradeise, Emanuela Reale, Gaële Goastellec
    Pages 197-225
  10. Catherine Paradeise, Emanuela Reale, Gaële Goastellec, Ivar Bleiklie
    Pages 227-246
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 247-322

About this book


This book deals with change processes in higher education systems in seven countries and explores which public policies have been chosen, and which organizational designs and steering tools have been implemented. Doctoral education and research budgets are studied in depth.

To what extent do national specificities survive, and to what extent does European convergence occur? All seven countries tend to turn universities into rationalized organizations linking multiple heterogeneous stakeholders and clarifying their training and research missions. They also reform methods used by public authorities to steer at a distance by way of performance evaluation and incentive approaches. This book suggests that grand narratives such as NPM and Network Governance narratives do not tell the history of change. They may influence visions and tools developed by reformers, but policymaking and its implementation remain dependent on specific national settings.


Doctoral Schools Dynamics of Higher education Education Europe European Union (EU) Evaluation Governance Intervention Research Research Funding Social Sciences Steering of universities education reform higher education university

Editors and affiliations

  • Catherine Paradeise
    • 1
  • Emanuela Reale
    • 2
  • Ivar Bleiklie
    • 3
  • Ewan Ferlie
    • 4
  1. 1.Cité DescartesUniversité Paris Est/ LATTS and IFRISFrance
  2. 2.CERIS-CNRRomeItaly
  3. 3.Rokkan Centre for Social Studies Department of Administration and Organization TheoryUniversity of BergenNorway
  4. 4.Department of ManagementKing's College LondonUK

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