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Governance Reforms in European University Systems

The Case of Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, the Netherlands and Portugal

  • Karsten Krüger
  • Martí Parellada
  • Daniel Samoilovich
  • Andrée Sursock


  • Includes case studies of structural reform in European higher education systems

  • Offers unique insights into national reform processes

  • Adopts a comparative approach to reforms in higher education


Part of the Educational Governance Research book series (EGTU, volume 8)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Karsten Krüger, Martí Parellada, Daniel Samoilovich, Andrée Sursock
    Pages 1-10
  3. Georg Winckler, Lauritz B. Holm-Nielsen, Ossi V. Lindqvist, Alain Abécassis, S. J. Noorda, Manuel Assunção et al.
    Pages 11-157
  4. Karsten Krüger, Martí Parellada, Daniel Samoilovich, Andrée Sursock
    Pages 159-202
  5. Karsten Krüger, Martí Parellada, Daniel Samoilovich, Andrée Sursock
    Pages 203-209
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 211-220

About this book


This book examines governance reforms in higher education in six European countries: Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, The Netherlands, and Portugal. It focuses in particular on the governance of the systems and institutions in these countries. The book shows that each of the national reform processes has been characterised by its own specific pathways embedded in the country’s specific socio-economic contexts and cultures, but also has a number of features in common with the other countries and processes. The first chapter of the book presents a conceptual framework to analyse the reform processes as an ’implementation game’ played by several actors with diverse interests. The second chapter describes the national reform processes of the six selected countries, giving a voice to the individual university rectors and officials who played an important role during the reform processes. Their stories constitute a vivid narrative of the government drivers of reform and of the rationales of the institutions as main partners in the reform processes. These narratives are analysed, complemented by, and contrasted with a review of the literature on the subject in the third chapter. The final chapter consist of concluding remarks and lessons learned.


higher education governance reforms change the higher education system funding of the higher education system management of university staff external stakeholders in institutional governance evaluation of the reform process structural reforms advocacy coalition framework political entrepreneurs reform impact

Editors and affiliations

  • Karsten Krüger
    • 1
  • Martí Parellada
    • 2
  • Daniel Samoilovich
    • 3
  • Andrée Sursock
    • 4
  1. 1.XREAP - Reference Network for Applied Economics (Bosch i Gimpera Foundation - University of Barcelona)BarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.Fundación CYD and University of Barcelona (Barcelona Institute of Economics)BarcelonaSpain
  3. 3.Columbus AssociationGenevaSwitzerland
  4. 4.European University AssociationBrusselsBelgium

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Governance Reforms in European University Systems
  • Book Subtitle The Case of Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, the Netherlands and Portugal
  • Editors Karsten Krüger
    Martí Parellada
    Daniel Samoilovich
    Andrée Sursock
  • Series Title Educational Governance Research
  • Series Abbreviated Title Educational Governance Research
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-72211-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-10169-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-72212-2
  • Series ISSN 2365-9548
  • Series E-ISSN 2365-9556
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIX, 220
  • Number of Illustrations 9 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Higher Education
    International and Comparative Education
    Educational Policy and Politics
    Administration, Organization and Leadership
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