Reforming Higher Education

Public Policy Design and Implementation

  • Christine Musselin
  • Pedro N. Teixeira

Part of the Higher Education Dynamics book series (HEDY, volume 41)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Christine Musselin, Pedro N. Teixeira
    Pages 1-17
  3. Designing Policies in Higher Education

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Emanuela Reale, Emilia Primeri
      Pages 39-63
  4. The Complexities of Policy Design in Higher Education – Some Lessons from Comparative Research

  5. Policy Effects at the Meso Level

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 221-233

About this book


This book analyzes the reforms that led to a differentiated landscape of higher education systems after university practices and governance were considered poorly adapted to contemporary settings and to their new missions. This has led to a growing institutional differentiation in many higher education systems. This differentiation has certainly contributed to making the institutional landscape more diverse across and within higher education systems. This book covers this diversity. Each part corresponds to a different but complementary way of looking at reforms and highlights what can be learnt on specific cases by adopting a specific perspective. The first part analyzes the ongoing reforms and their evolution, identifies their internal contradictions, as well as the redefinitions and reorientations they experience, and reveals the ideas, representations, ideologies and theories on which they are built. The second part includes comparison between countries but also other comparative perspectives such as how one reform is developed in different regions of the same country, as well as how comparable reforms are declined to different sectors. The last part addresses the impact of the reforms. What is known about the effectiveness of such instruments on higher education systems? This part shows that reforms provoke new power games and reconfigure power relations.


Competition between higher education institutions Developments in higher education Distribution of power in higher education Effectiveness of reforms in higher education Funding of higher education Governance of higher education Impact of reforms in higher education Implementation of reforms in higher education Institutional Autonomy Institutional differentiation Institutions, interests and ideas Missions of research institutions Missions of universities NPM New Public Management Policies in higher education Policy design in higher education Policy instruments in higher education Policy reforms in higher education Power redistribution in higher education Quality assurance in higher education Reforms in higher education Traditional academic norms and values

Editors and affiliations

  • Christine Musselin
    • 1
  • Pedro N. Teixeira
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre de Sociologie des Organisations Sciences Po & CNRSParisFrance
  2. 2.CIPES and Faculty of EconomicsUniversity of PortoPortoPortugal

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