Complexity in higher education politics: bifurcations, choices and irreversibility

Show simple item record Kauko, Jaakko 2015-05-04T12:05:01Z 2015-05-04T12:05:01Z 2014
dc.identifier.citation Kauko , J 2014 , ' Complexity in higher education politics: bifurcations, choices and irreversibility ' , Studies in Higher Education , vol. 39 , no. 9 , pp. 1683-1699 .
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dc.description.abstract Taking complexity as an epistemic starting point, this article enhances understanding of dynamics in higher education. It also reviews the relevant literature on path dependency, complexity research, and studies of political change and contingency. These ideas are further developed with reference to the political situation and political possibilities as concepts. It is claimed that the key issues in understanding irreversibility on a system level are institutional change and politicisation. It is deduced from two case studies in the Finnish context that founding new institutions created bifurcations in both. Then again, the politicisation for disbanding existing institutions has proved rather futile. The key findings are that the choices in higher education politics increase the complexity of the system, and that many of the choices made are irreversible for reasons to do with contingency. en
dc.format.extent 17
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Studies in Higher Education
dc.rights.uri info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject 516 Educational sciences
dc.subject Politics of education
dc.subject 517 Political science
dc.subject Contingency
dc.subject Bifurcation
dc.subject institutional change
dc.subject dynamics
dc.title Complexity in higher education politics: bifurcations, choices and irreversibility en
dc.type Article
dc.contributor.organization Behavioural Sciences
dc.contributor.organization Hannu Simola / Principal Investigator
dc.contributor.organization Education of Education
dc.description.reviewstatus Peer reviewed
dc.relation.issn 0307-5079
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