National resource allocation decisions in higher education: objectives and dilemmas

B.W.A. Jongbloed, Benedetto Lepori

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This chapter focuses on the multiple objectives and dilemmas surrounding resource allocation in higher education. We discuss the politics of funding higher education and argue that the NPM form of governance is meeting with more and more criticism, and making way for a more pragmatic approach to funding policies. Our argument is that linear thinking, where change in declared beliefs translates directly into practice, is beyond reality. In practice, the dilemmas around funding higher education are usually resolved not by means of a rational design framed within a clear political belief system, but rather by means of a variety of funding instruments, often inspired by competing governance paradigms.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook on the Politics of Higher Education
EditorsBrendan Cantwell, Hamish Coates, Roger King
Place of PublicationCheltenham, UK
PublisherEdward Elgar
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9781786435019
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2018

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NameElgaronline Social and Political Science subject collection


  • higher education policy
  • Resource Allocation


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