Ideational Background of Global Knowledge Governance

  • Tero Erkkilä
  • Ossi Piironen
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Global Higher Education book series (PSGHE)


This chapter tracks the ideational landscape in which the global ranking in knowledge governance operate, focusing on the development and convergence of different policy-specific ideas that are, on the one hand, captured by and, on the other hand, affected by global rankings. We view global knowledge governance as based on an atomistic ontology that constructs reality as economic competition between states. Issues such as higher education and good governance are also perceived through the lens of economy, although we could just as well perceive them as matters of social mobility and democracy. This is due to current ideas of institutional economy that now influence perceptions of higher education and draw on codifications of good governance.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tero Erkkilä
    • 1
  • Ossi Piironen
    • 2
  1. 1.University of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland
  2. 2.Ministry for Foreign Affairs of FinlandHelsinkiFinland

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