(De)constructing power in higher education governance structures: an analysis of representation and roles in governing bodies

Pimentel Botas, Paulo and Huisman, Jeroen (2012) (De)constructing power in higher education governance structures: an analysis of representation and roles in governing bodies. European Journal of Higher Education, 2 (4). pp. 370-388. ISSN 2156-8235

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Abstract

This article explores how power relations are constructed in the governance of higher education institutions. It examines and deconstructs, from a Foucauldian perspective, power relations and mechanisms in the relationship between the state and higher education institutions, and between academic and management staff. This research article originates from a benchmarking project. The data was collected by a structured questionnaire that was developed to allow the research team to map the governance structures and processes on four main governance areas: internal and external stakeholders; decision-making bodies and actors; quality of governance; and key performance indicators. The surprising finding is that governments have used their authority to influence and shape the governance structures of their higher education institutions, but also their decision-making processes. We suggest that, as the external and internal environments of higher education institutions are not the same, there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ model of ‘good governance’ for higher education.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Foucault, environment, control, policies, decision-making
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Education > Education Studies
Depositing User: Susan Murray
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2014 08:38
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2014 16:09
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/364

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