The Role of Political and Policy Studies in Higher Education Policy Research

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Abstract

This chapter develops a theoretical account of higher education policy creation and the relationship between universities and the state. Through this process, it demonstrates the relevance of theories from political science – including policy analysis and parliamentary/legislative studies – to higher education policy analysis. The chapter outlines the enduring relevance of political factors in shaping higher education around the world and the different ways in which political and policy analysis can be positioned within higher education research. A series of theoretical frameworks are introduced including policy networks, neo-institutionalism and principal-agent theory. These theories account for how policy is made, the behaviour of universities and policy makers, and the dynamics within the relationship between universities and the state. The chapter explains how these approaches can be adapted and applied to higher education policy research, and how frameworks from political science can inform and enrich studies of higher education.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTheory and Method in Higher Education Research
EditorsJeroen Huisman, Malcolm Tight
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherEmerald Publishing Limited
Chapter2
Pages27-47
Number of pages21
Volume1
ISBN (Electronic)9781785602863
ISBN (Print)9781785602870
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 29 Sept 2015

Publication series

NameTheory and Method in Higher Education Research
PublisherEmerald Publishing Limited
ISSN (Print)2056-3752

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