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ERIC Number: EJ1088774
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 70
ISSN: ISSN-2156-8235
(De)Constructing Power in Higher Education Governance Structures: An Analysis of Representation and Roles in Governing Bodies
Bótas, Paulo Charles Pimentel; Huisman, Jeroen
European Journal of Higher Education, v2 n4 p370-388 2012
This article explores how power relations are constructed in the governance of higher education institutions. It examines and deconstructs, from a Foucauldian perspective, power relations and mechanisms in the relationship between the state and higher education institutions, and between academic and management staff. This research article originates from a benchmarking project. The data was collected by a structured questionnaire that was developed to allow the research team to map the governance structures and processes on four main governance areas: internal and external stakeholders; decision-making bodies and actors; quality of governance; and key performance indicators. The surprising finding is that governments have used their authority to influence and shape the governance structures of their higher education institutions, but also their decision-making processes. We suggest that, as the external and internal environments of higher education institutions are not the same, there is no "one-size-fits-all" model of "good governance" for higher education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Austria; Czech Republic; Finland; Germany; Hungary; Ireland; Latvia; Lithuania; Netherlands; Romania; Spain; United Kingdom