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Nested tensions and interwoven dilemmas in higher education: the view from the Nordic countries
KTH, School of Education and Communication in Engineering Science (ECE), Learning.
2014 (English)In: Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, ISSN 1752-1378, Vol. 7, no 2, 233-250 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper reflects on the challenges facing European higher education by investigating current dynamics across three national systems: Norway, Sweden and Finland. We identify four sets of tensions permeating current dynamics across the region, and link those to a series of dilemmas facing European universities more broadly. The paper demonstrates that there is a complex interplay between the so-called 'nested tensions' and different types of internal and external pressures. We conclude by providing a set of policy recommendations as well as suggestions for future research inquiries.

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2014. Vol. 7, no 2, 233-250 p.
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institutional reforms, higher education reforms, Nordic region, dilemmas, policy logics
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Educational Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-150535DOI: 10.1093/cjres/rsu002ISI: 000340104600003ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84902479526OAI: diva2:744769

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Available from: 2014-09-08 Created: 2014-09-05 Last updated: 2014-09-08Bibliographically approved

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