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Changing higher education: converging policy-packages and experiences of changing academic work in Sweden
University of Borås, School of Education and Behavioural Science.
2013 (English)In: Journal of education policy, ISSN 0268-0939, E-ISSN 1464-5106, Vol. 28, no 4, 517-533 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The past two decades of international higher education reform are often described by researchers as having produced new managerial and neoliberal policy turns that have brought about a fundamental global shift in the way institutions of higher education are defined, run and justify their institutional existence and practices. Universities in Sweden were felt able to offer some possible resistance and based on ethnographic research at three Swedish universities this idea is explored in the present article. The article suggests however that resistance has been circumscribed through a coordinated collection of policies and that as elsewhere, the proliferation of competition based on quasi-markets and the standardisation of quality assurance through new accountability systems predominates, with significant effects on universities, their interactions and agents, and the relative social positions, influence, status and relationships of these agents.

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Routledge , 2013. Vol. 28, no 4, 517-533 p.
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Ethnography, Policy consequences
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Pedagogy Sociology
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Teacher Education and Education Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-1601DOI: 10.1080/02680939.2013.782426Local ID: 2320/12563OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-1601DiVA: diva2:869670
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Available from: 2015-11-13 Created: 2015-11-13

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