Government, Stakeholders, and Interest Groups in Higher Education

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-9553-1_140-1

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The evolution of formal and informal mechanisms, processes, and institutions, observed at the macro-, meso- and micro-levels, that build and sustain the conflictual coordination between universities, citizens, groups of interest and governements.

Rather than “government,” a concept that applies to asymmetric top-down authority relationships from public authorities, the all-encompassing concept of “governance” fits the reality of HE systems (Goedegebuure 2019; Estermann and Bennetot Pruvot 2019). “It comprises the mechanisms, processes, and institutions through which citizens and groups articulate their interests, exercise their legal rights, meet their obligations, and mediate their differences” (United Nations, “Governance for sustainable human development,” http://mirror.undp.org/magnet/policy/chapter1.htm#b). Such mechanisms, processes, and institutions range from the most informal to the most formal...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University Paris Est-LISISParisFrance

Section editors and affiliations

  • Alberto Amaral
    • 1
  • António Magalhães
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.CIPESUniversity of PortoPortoPortugal
  2. 2.Faculty of Psychology and Education SciencesUniversity of PortoPortoPortugal
  3. 3.Centre for Research in Higher Education Policies (CIPES)PortoPortugal