Good Governance and Higher Education

  • Damian Barry
  • Leo Goedegebuure
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In this article the focus is on institutional governance in higher education, in particular, the nature of good governance. Before discussing what “good governance” is, a useful starting point is to discuss what governance is and is not. Graham et al. (2003) posit that governance is “a process whereby societies or organizations make their important decisions, determine whom they involve in the process and how they render account” (p. 1). Because processes in their view are hard to observe, the “normal” focus in studies on governance is on “the governance system or framework upon which the process rests - that is, the agreements, procedures, conventions or policies that define who gets power, how decisions are taken and how accountability is rendered”...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.L H Martin InstituteMelbourne Centre for Studies of Higher Education, University of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia

Section editors and affiliations

  • Alberto Amaral
    • 1
  • António Magalhães
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.CIPESUniversity of PortoPortoPortugal
  2. 2.Faculty of Psychology and Education SciencesUniversity of PortoPortoPortugal
  3. 3.Centre for Research in Higher Education Policies (CIPES)PortoPortugal