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Virtual ECPR Knowledge Politics and Policies 2020

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What is the role of knowledge today when almost every aspect of our lives is affected by the global pandemic? What changes does this radically new situation bring to politics and policies of science, technology and higher educattion?  These and other questions were discussed at the Knowledge Politics and Policies Section of the first virtual […]

Germany’s Science Production Engines: Research Universities and Institutes Competing for Research Funding, 1950–2010

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Jennifer Dusdal As the world’s third largest producer of scientific knowledge, scientists in Germany publish more articles than those in any other country, except for the U.S. and China. Germany is the birthplace of both the modern research university and the independent extra-university research institute. Germany’s dual-pillar research policy, developed over the twentieth century, we […]

Responsible University: Exploring the Nordic Context and Beyond

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What is the ‘responsible university’? What does it mean for universities to address the Sustainable Development Goals? And what is specific about universities in the Nordic countries? These are some of the questions addressed in a new book ‘Responsible University: Exploring the Nordic Context and Beyond’, edited by Mads P. Sørensen (Aarhus University, Denmark), Lars […]

Higher Education in the 21st Century: Changes and Challenges Ahead

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What are the major changes and transformations affecting higher education worldwide? And what are the challenges for higher education systems and institutions in the 21st century? Encyclopedia of International Higher Education Systems and Institutions is a major reference work providing comprehensive answers to these and other questions. Over the past years, many researchers from around […]

Rescaling a Think Tank Model at European Level

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Tatyana Bajenova In the recent article Rescaling expertise in EU policy-making: European think tanks and their reliance on symbolic, political and network capital (Bajenova 2019) that appeared in the Globalisation, Societies and Education Journal, Tatyana Bajenova has examined the strategies which think tanks (TTs) employ to influence EU decision-making. Unlike some recent studies of European […]

Hopes, beliefs, and concerns: narratives in German and Portuguese universities regarding Brexit

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Tim Seidenschnur By studying higher education as an institutional field, we focus on an area where European integration has in general been regarded as positive. However, the current period is characterized by basic disagreements among the political parties and the electorates about the preferred nature of the future European order, which causes uncertainties and tensions. […]

How do we manage knowledge? Let us count the ways

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Sofya Kopelyan Nothing can keep a genuine community of scholars from academic discussions – neither a malfunctioning projector, nor a shortage of sockets, nor hard chairs from the Communist times. Even more so when discussions centre on the governance of knowledge as the key to economic growth and public well-being. This year’s Knowledge Politics and […]

Conceptualizing major institutional change in higher education

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Emma Sabzalieva Institutions and major institutional change Institutional theories and concepts offer valuable insights into stability and incremental change within institutions. In higher education, Clark’s (2004) notion of a ‘steady state of institutional change’ (169) neatly encapsulates this idea. However, far less consideration has been given to the transformative potential of higher education both to […]

Knowledge Policy Dynamics in the Global Context (International Conference on Public Policy 2019)

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Martina Vukasovic The fourth edition of the International Conference on Public Policy (ICPP) took place 26-28 June 2019, in Montreal (Canada), on the premises of the University of Concordia (following the 1st ICPP in Grenoble in 2013, the 2nd ICPP in Milan in 2015, and the 3rd ICPP in Singapore in 2017). The conference  included more than 150 thematic panels organized into […]

Unbundling of higher education provision

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Simona Torotcoi In the beginning of May 2019, Mariya Ivancheva – a Lecturer in Higher Education Studies at the University of Liverpool – was invited at Central European University   to give a talk on unbundling: a topic, which gained greater traction in higher education provision, research and policy. Previous to working on this subject Mariya […]

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