Two discourses: researchers and policy-making in higher education

Jussi Välimaa, Don F. Westerheijden

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The theme of this article focuses on how policy discourse and research discourse meet in contract research in higher education. The interplay of these discourses has consequences for researchers who have to balance conflicting demands, which we view as links between research and policy cycles. Two evaluation studies on the introduction and effects of new policy instruments are discussed, focusing on the interaction between policy needs, and research design. The examples are taken from policies in the development towards increasing self-regulation in higher education, of which Finland and the Netherlands are interesting examples in the European context.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)385-403
JournalHigher education
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1995


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  • IR-85807


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