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Governance through Institutionalized Evaluation: Recentralization and Influences at Local Levels in Higher Education in Sweden
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1998-1948
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2007 (English)In: Evaluation, ISSN 1356-3890, Vol. 13, no 1, 48-67 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Public sectors in Europe and elsewhere are the subject of regular, recurrent and systematic evaluations. Evaluations have become institutionalized. This article examines the influence of institutionalized evaluation in higher education in Sweden. In this decentralized education system several kinds of effects of evaluation are detected locally, i.e. at whole-university and at department levels. Through an evaluation process characterized by self-evaluation, external reviews and public reports produced by the Swedish National Agency for Higher Education, all universities are examined. Governance operates by making universities visible, and thereby promoting comparison and competition, control and self-control. Centrally defined criteria are implemented in the process, via direct contact between the National Agency and university departments, leading to the recentralization of power. Strategies to deal with these evaluations at departmental level are developed and unintended influences, like learning resistance strategies, are highlighted.

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2007. Vol. 13, no 1, 48-67 p.
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national criteria, power, recentralization, resistance strategies, unintended effects
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-4540DOI: 10.1177/1356389007073681Local ID: 5633OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-4540DiVA: diva2:29572
Available from: 2008-11-17 Created: 2008-11-17Bibliographically approved

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