University Governance in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Japan: Correlates of varieties of NPM and academics’ power in universities

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Comparing and contrasting reforms of governance arrangements in higher education systems in Japan with those in Europe (the United Kingdom and the Netherlands provide two very different examples), the paper focuses on the consequences of state-level governance reform for shared governance in the university. It gives a systematic comparison based on the ‘autonomy scorecard’ and the ‘governance equalizer’.
The paper considers major New Public Management (NPM) type governance reforms in the three countries’. It shows that universities remain mostly autonomous in the UK, while ‘post-NPM’ mixed governance predominates in Japan and the Netherlands, with each country affecting institutional autonomy differently. In all cases, institutional autonomy increased in some respects and diminished in others. Concise comparisons are made for four dimensions (organisation, finance, staffing and education) and per underlying indicator. Executive heads’ (Presidents’) appointments and quality control over education are taken as strategically important indicators for shared governance within institutions. Managerial and external guidance grew more strongly in the two European countries than in Japan, though academic self-governance declined in all three.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 28 Aug 2017
Event30th Annual CHER Conference 2017 - University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä, Finland
Duration: 28 Aug 201730 Aug 2017
Conference number: 30


Conference30th Annual CHER Conference 2017
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  • university governance
  • policy analysis
  • Governance
  • New public management
  • Comparative analysis

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