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Funding Diversity: Performance-based Funding Regimes as Drivers of Differentiation in Higher Education Systems
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History of Technology, History of Science and Technology.
2007 (English)In: Higher Education Policy, ISSN 0952-8733, E-ISSN 1740-3863, Vol. 20, no 4, 313-440 p.Article in journal (Other academic) Published
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In most countries higher education institutions used to receive large portions of their funding by direct state allocation. For the past couple of decades this trust-based funding regime has been replaced by performance-based regimes. The article rests on the empirical observation that new funding regimes are increasingly becoming a policy instrument that is used to deal with resource allocation in growing higher education systems. It is argued that performance-based funding is used to promote vertical differentiation and functional specialization between institutions while at the same time secure horizontal diversity and pluralism within the system. The sweeping change is orchestrated by governments that are pressed by globalization to provide high-ranking, attractive institutions for hubs of innovation and competitiveness in knowledge-based economies. Advocates can be found among business and competitive universities, whereas reforms cause concern among other academics who perceive a loss of academic freedom and professional status.

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2007. Vol. 20, no 4, 313-440 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-58914DOI: 10.1057/palgrave.hep.8300165ScopusID: 2-s2.0-36749091232OAI: diva2:474329
QC 20120110Available from: 2012-01-09 Created: 2012-01-09 Last updated: 2012-01-10Bibliographically approved

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