The Power of Normative Coordination in the Bologna Process : How Universities Learned to Stop Worrying and to Love Quality Assurance

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Kauko , J 2012 , ' The Power of Normative Coordination in the Bologna Process : How Universities Learned to Stop Worrying and to Love Quality Assurance ' Journal of the European Higher Education Area , vol. 2012 , no. 4 , pp. 23-40 .

Title: The Power of Normative Coordination in the Bologna Process : How Universities Learned to Stop Worrying and to Love Quality Assurance
Author: Kauko, Jaakko
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Behavioural Sciences
Date: 2012
Language: eng
Number of pages: 18
Belongs to series: Journal of the European Higher Education Area
ISSN: 2192-0109
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/39167
Abstract: The article posits that the institutionalisation of quality assurance within European higher education is largely attributable to the reshaping of power relations by means of practices that are very similar to the open method of coordination. All the major parties involved in this process – universities, governments, the European Commission and quality-assurance agencies – have been able to gain from it. The whole process is open to scrutiny in the central documents of the Bologna process: following the formation of a common ‘truth’ about the European situation, it has been possible to move forward and reshape power through normative procedures.
Subject: 517 Political science
Higher education
quality assurance
Power
516 Educational sciences
Bologna process
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