Qualitiy Assurance in Europe and the U.S.: Professional and Political Economic Framing of Higher Education Policy

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In this article we study globalization in termsof the diffusion of quality assurance modelsand practices between two ``core'' regions, theU.S. and Europe, as well as within Europe,concentrating particularly on Germany andAustria. We examine the timing of theemergence and diffusion of quality assuranceand relatedly of strategic managementpractices. We then consider the prominence ofU.S. models and voices in Europe, addressingthe professional and political economic framingof higher education policies. Finally, weexplore local variations in the meanings andpractices of quality assurance and strategicmanagement. We emphasize the ways in which inthese ``core'' settings, professionals areimplicated in the diffusion and adaptation ofpolicies and practices in higher education,even as their activities are shaped by largerstructures of global professional and politicaleconomies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)355 - 390
JournalHigher Education
Publication statusPublished - 2002

Austrian Classification of Fields of Science and Technology (ÖFOS)

  • 502052 Business administration
  • 502020 Market research
  • 506009 Organisation theory
  • 502044 Business management
  • 502014 Innovation research
  • 502023 NPO research
  • 504007 Empirical social research
  • 503006 Educational research

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