Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Christina Segerholm, Linda Rönnberg, Joakim Lindgren, Agneta Hult
    Pages 1-23 Open Access
  3. Christina Segerholm, Joakim Lindgren
    Pages 25-42 Open Access
  4. Christina Segerholm, Agneta Hult
    Pages 43-63 Open Access
  5. Linda Rönnberg
    Pages 103-118 Open Access
  6. Joakim Lindgren, Linda Rönnberg, Agneta Hult, Christina Segerholm
    Pages 119-138 Open Access
  7. Joakim Lindgren, Linda Rönnberg, Agneta Hult, Christina Segerholm
    Pages 157-180 Open Access
  8. Joakim Lindgren, Linda Rönnberg, Agneta Hult, Christina Segerholm
    Pages 181-199 Open Access
  9. Christina Segerholm
    Pages 201-208 Open Access

About this book


This open access book analyses the interplay between governing, evaluation and knowledge with an empirical focus on Swedish higher education. It investigates the origins, logics, and mechanisms of evaluation and quality assurance reforms and their dynamic interactions with institutional, national and European policy contexts. The chapters report findings from extensive empirical studies that offer detailed insight into the work of governing in higher education, by giving voice to actors at various levels and positions including the ministry, national agency and University employees. Central themes include the influence of European policy, changing system designs, media relations and quality assurance enactments in University institutions. The book also explores the ways in which an emerging professional cadre, labelled qualocrats, enacts and mediates evaluation and quality assurance policy and practice. Taken together, the expanding evaluation machinery in Swedish higher education highlights the pivotal role of knowledge as a governing resource, and points to special features of evaluation as a particular form of practice that makes knowledge work for governing.


Higher education governance Quality and assurance reforms Swedish higher education European Higher Education Area National evaluation systems Education policy and practice Quality assurance in higher education ENQA Framing of evaluation results Governing by evaluation Performing evaluation and quality assurance Open Access Higher education policy Higher education reform Evaluation in higher education Governing by evaluation ENQA Media and higher education

Editors and affiliations

  • Christina Segerholm
    • 1
  • Agneta Hult
    • 2
  • Joakim Lindgren
    • 3
  • Linda Rönnberg
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of EducationUmeå UniversityUmeåSweden
  2. 2.Department of EducationUmeå UniversityUmeåSweden
  3. 3.Department of Applied Educational ScienceUmeå UniversityUmeåSweden
  4. 4.Department of Applied Educational ScienceUmeå UniversityUmeåSweden

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • License CC BY
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-21142-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-21143-1
  • Series Print ISSN 2570-0251
  • Series Online ISSN 2570-026X
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