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#EAIR2019 Programme

#EAIR2019 Programme

Governance of Higher Education: What comes after New Public Management?



Governance and the Responsible University


Monika Jungbauer-Gans, Eva Ruffing, Bernd Kleimann, Anna Kosmützky, German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies DZHW, Germany

Single presentation - 30 Minutes

August 26, 2019 at 9:15:00 AM



New Public Management (NPM) has provided the normative basis of higher education reforms in Europe for more than two decades. Along with its losing momentum in recent years, new ideas, orientations and debates related to a post-NPM governance of the public sector (including higher education) have emerged (e.g., Halligan 2010, Bouckaert/Kuhlmann 2016, Reiter/ Klenk 2018). We argue that a new comprehensive governance regime is emerging focusing on a plurality of social value orientations that are partly contradicting and concurrently encapsulate the efficiency-oriented and performance-based NPM model. Among such values (like gender equality or social inclusion) sustainability has been one of the most prominent ones. Based on the example of sustainability we will conceptually delineate these shifts of higher education governance that point towards the new regime of value-based governance.

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