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Higher Education Policy and Institutional Change : Intentions and outcomes in turbulent environments.

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Publication date2002
Place of publicationBuckingham
PublisherOpen University Press/Society for Research into Higher Education
Number of pages166
ISBN (Print)033520919X
Original languageEnglish


This book addresses policy-making and policy implementation in higher education from a theoretical perspective informed by policy sociology. Using case studies and data drawn from a number of countries its chapters show how and why policy-making is a more complex process than is often assumed. They also explore why the outcomes of higher education policy are sometimes very different from those originally envisaged by policy makers. After an introductory overview which contextualizes this work in recent academic thinking about higher education policy and change. Three chapters report the outcomes of large scale funded research projects which focus on the national and institutional levels of the policy process. Three further chapters report ‘close up’ research work by individual academics examining processes internal to higher education institutions. This book will be of interest to policy makers, institutional and departmental leaders and anyone with an interest in change processes in higher education.

Bibliographic note

Now out of print. Rights have now reverted to Paul Trowler, the editor. A copy of the publisher's letter confirming this is included in the file.