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ERIC Number: EJ1089061
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2156-8235
Same Challenges, Different Processes: Perceptions on Governance Changes in Portuguese and Finnish Higher Education
Diogo, Sara
European Journal of Higher Education, v5 n2 p211-225 2015
This article compares recent governance reforms in Finnish and Portuguese higher education (HE) systems and institutions (HEIs). Although Portugal and Finland differ significantly, both the countries have recently undertaken similar HE legislative reforms. This article analyses the contexts and implementation processes of these legal frameworks: Law 62/2007 (RJIES) and "Yliopistolaki" 558/2009 (New Universities Act), aim at changing institutional governance structures, management and "decision-making practices". Findings rely on legal documents and on the "voices of practitioners". It is argued that new public management ideology and practice, also disseminated by international organizations' agendas (e.g. the Organisation for the Economic Cooperation and Development--OECD, and the European Commission), offer an explanation for similarities in national HE policies. In turn, historical and cultural specifics as well as structural characteristics of political-administrative systems may explain differences in policy design, implementation processes and national outcomes.
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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: Finland; Portugal
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