ERIC Number: EJ851174
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Dec
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Path Dependency and the Politics of Quality Assurance in Higher Education
Perellon, Juan F.
Tertiary Education and Management, v11 n4 p279-298 Dec 2005
National policy agendas for quality assurance in higher education (HE) are increasingly influenced by supra-national trends and decisions. Taking Spain, Switzerland and The Netherlands as examples, the paper analyses how supranational trends are re-interpreted at the national level and how recently formulated national policies combine the demands for cross-national harmonisation with the long-lasting influence of decisions and procedures run in the past in the domain of quality assurance. In this perspective, the paper argues that cross-national policy harmonisation, a key prerequisite for the construction of the European Area of Higher Education, is challenged by the long-lasting influence of national path dependent policies.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Quality Control, Foreign Countries, Educational Quality, Public Policy, Trend Analysis, International Cooperation, Educational Administration, Decision Making
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands; Spain; Switzerland