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The governance of British higher education: the struggle for policy control

Tapper, Ted (2007) The governance of British higher education: the struggle for policy control, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, Springer, 257pp.

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How has the system of governance changed? Do British higher education institutions still exercise autonomous control over their development as was widely believed to be the case but a few years ago? These questions are pursued through a three-pronged strategy. Firstly, to examine the institutional changes which have occurred since the 1988 Education Reform and the emergence of the funding council model of governance. In particular, we want to know how the various institutional actors - the higher education institutions, the government departments and the funding councils - interact with one another to shape policy outcomes. Secondly, to explore the political context within which these institutional actors have to work. This means examining the role of the political parties, policy networks and the parliamentary forces all of which have a major stake in influencing the direction of higher education policy. This section of the book incorporates the move towards political devolution in the United Kingdom and examines what is different, and what is similar, about higher education policy-making in Scotland and Wales in comparison to England.Thirdly, the book observes the process of policy-making and change in relation to critical issues: the funding of higher education, the research assessment exercises, the quality assurance regime, and the widening participation agenda. In effect it examines policy-making in action. (c) Copyright 2006, Book Data Limited,UK Table of Contents From the contents:Acknowledgements.- Part One: Understanding Change and Interpreting Modes of Governance.- Part Two: Shaping Policy.- Part Three: The Politics of Higher Education in Action.- Part Four: Institutional Autonomy in the Age of Mass Higher Education.- Acronyms.- References.- Index.

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Published date: 2007
Additional Information: Professor Ted Tapper is a regular visiting professor to CHEMPaS: The Centre for Higher Education Management and Policy at Southampton. Professor Tapper is Emeritus Professor of Politics at the University of Sussex, Brighton, and a Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies.
Keywords: governance, British, higher education, policy control.


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ISBN: 1402055528
PURE UUID: d2c1ef7b-e2bf-477d-a253-7044b600b5ad

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Date deposited: 06 Aug 2007
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 15:03

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Author: Ted Tapper

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