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Politics, Managerialism, and University Governance

Lessons from Hong Kong under China’s Rule since 1997


Part of the Governance and Citizenship in Asia book series (GOCIA)

About this book


This book explores the interplay between politics, managerialism, and higher education, and the complex linkages between politics and public universities in Hong Kong. Since the mid-20th century, literature on the state, market, and higher education has focused on the state’s shifting role from the direct administration to the supervision of higher education, and its increased use of market and managerial principles and techniques to regulate public universities. However, very few studies have addressed the political influences on university governance produced by changing state-university-market relationships, the chancellorship of public universities, or students’ and academics’ civic engagement with regard to sensitive political issues. 
The book examines both the positive and problematic outcomes of using market principles and managerialism to reform public higher education; questions the longstanding tradition of university chancellorship; explores the issue of external members holding the majority on university governing boards; probes into the dilemma of either relying on the system or a good chancellor and external members to preserve universities’ autonomy and academic freedom; and assesses the cost of students’ and academics’ civic engagement with regard to politically sensitive issues.


State-university-market relations Sociology of higher education University governance Neoliberalism and managerialism New public management University governing boards University autonomy Academic freedom Civic engagement

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of EducationUniversity of Hong KongHong KongChina

About the authors

Wing-Wah Law is a professor at the University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Education. His research contributes to understanding the interplay between globalization and localization on education and development in various areas, including educational policy, higher education, citizenship and citizenship education, educational and curriculum reforms, culture and leadership, music education and social change. His work serves as a bridge for the exchange and development of educational research between China and the rest of the world.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Politics, Managerialism, and University Governance
  • Book Subtitle Lessons from Hong Kong under China’s Rule since 1997
  • Authors Wing-Wah Law
  • Series Title Governance and Citizenship in Asia
  • Series Abbreviated Title Governance and Citizenship in Asia
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-13-7302-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-981-13-7305-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-13-7303-9
  • Series ISSN 2365-6255
  • Series E-ISSN 2365-6263
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXII, 223
  • Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Educational Policy and Politics
    Higher Education
    Sociology of Education
    Administration, Organization and Leadership
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