Higher Education Governance and Policy Change in Western Europe

International Challenges to Historical Institutions

  • Michael Dobbins
  • Christoph Knill

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Global Higher Education book series (PSGHE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Michael Dobbins, Christoph Knill
    Pages 52-78
  3. Michael Dobbins, Christoph Knill
    Pages 79-109
  4. Michael Dobbins, Christoph Knill
    Pages 139-171
  5. Michael Dobbins, Christoph Knill
    Pages 172-196
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 197-232

About this book


This book provides a comparative analysis of the impact of 'soft Europeanization' on higher education governance in Western Europe. Using concrete indicators of policy change, it focuses on university reform in Italy, France, Germany and the UK to explore how historical legacies and transnational communication have impacted policy pathways.


Higher education governance Western Europe Bologna Process Germany Italy Great Britain France university reform knowledge economy Europeanization internationalization policy convergence communication education Europe Governance higher education Institution Nation Policy research Transnational transnationalization university

Authors and affiliations

  • Michael Dobbins
    • 1
  • Christoph Knill
    • 2
  1. 1.Goethe University of FrankfurtGermany
  2. 2.University of MunichGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2014
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Education Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-48598-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-39985-4
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