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ERIC Number: EJ815164
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 61
ISSN: ISSN-1360-080X
An Assessment of Agency Theory as a Framework for the Government-University Relationship
Kivisto, Jussi
Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, v30 n4 p339-350 Nov 2008
The aim of this paper is to use agency theory as the theoretical framework for an examination of the government-university relationship and to assess the main strengths and weaknesses of the theory in this context. Because of its logically consistent framework, agency theory is able to manifest many of the complexities and difficulties that governments face in their attempts to govern universities. Agency theory also offers unique explanations for the government's choice and use of certain governance procedures, low performance by universities and cost growth in the higher education sector.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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