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ECPR Summer School in Methods & Techniques 2020

The Quality and Effectiveness of Governance in Higher Education: Unpacking the Quality of Governance and Effects of Governance Changes in Higher Education Policies

Comparative Politics
Policy Analysis
Public Policy
Higher Education
Panel Number
Panel Chair
Jens Jungblut
Universitetet i Oslo
Panel Co-Chair
Giliberto Capano
Università di Bologna
Panel Discussant
Martina Vukasovic
Universitetet i Bergen

09/09/2017 11:00 - 12:40
Building: BL09 Eilert Sundts hus, A-Blokka Floor: 1 Room: ES AUD6
Higher education is a central institution of modern societies. While it always fulfilled core societal functions, recent years saw an increase in higher education’s political salience and relevance in relation to other policy areas. Following domestic pressures or international prescriptions, in recent decades many national higher education systems have undergone structural changes in their governance arrangements, mainly designed to enhance the overall performance of universities in the fields of teaching, research and their third mission. As in other parts of the public sector, a well-functioning bureaucracy and political-administrative order are a pre-condition for higher education to fulfill its tasks. Combined with the previously described growing relevance of higher education for national development, this poses the question in how far there is a relation between the quality of governance and the effectiveness of the higher education sector of a given country. In addition, it is necessary to assess the real effects of the mantra of “reforming governance” that has been a global phenomenon. These effects include 1) political effects, addressing the distribution of authority and power in the field of higher education, 2) policy effects, addressing the mix of policy instruments and governance structures adopted, and 3) performance effects, addressing questions related to systemic efficiency or effectiveness as well as international competitiveness. The Panel invites contributions that address either the link between the quality of governance and the effectiveness of the higher education sector or the effects of governance reforms along the three dimensions outlined above. All contributions have to be conceptually well grounded and should present results of recent empirical research.

Paper List

Title Details
‘It’s the Autonomy, Stupid! …Or not?’ Governance Reforms and Higher Education Performance in Western Europe View Paper Details
Centralization and Decentralization of German and Swiss Higher Education View Paper Details
Comparing Governance Typologies in Higher Education: From Europe to the Americas View Paper Details
Examining the Effectiveness of Inter-regional Policy Dialogues in Higher Education: What does it Mean? View Paper Details
The Quality of Governance in Sub-Saharan Africa – Comparing Intra-regional Inequalities in Higher Education View Paper Details
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