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Commissioning the University of Excellence: Swedish research policy and new public research funding programmes

Hallonsten, Olof LU and Silander, Charlotte (2012) In Quality in Higher Education 18(3). p.367-381
Abstract
In many countries, current research policy is dominated by managerialism and excellence, manifesting the aim of making universities into national strategic assets in the globally competitive knowledge economy. This article discusses these policy trends and their mirror in recent developments in public funding for academic research, with special attention to Sweden. A review of the language in three con- secutive Swedish governmental research bills from the past 10 years shows a clear policy shift towards the promotion of excellence and stra- tegic priority on the level of higher education institutions. Reforms to the funding system, especially the launch of speci␣c strategic excellence funding programmes, are introduced to put the policy... (More)
In many countries, current research policy is dominated by managerialism and excellence, manifesting the aim of making universities into national strategic assets in the globally competitive knowledge economy. This article discusses these policy trends and their mirror in recent developments in public funding for academic research, with special attention to Sweden. A review of the language in three con- secutive Swedish governmental research bills from the past 10 years shows a clear policy shift towards the promotion of excellence and stra- tegic priority on the level of higher education institutions. Reforms to the funding system, especially the launch of speci␣c strategic excellence funding programmes, are introduced to put the policy in practice. While the policy shift itself might be discursive, the changes to the funding system clearly show a determination on behalf of the Swedish govern- ment to increase strategic pro␣ling and the pursuit of excellence in research on behalf of universities. (Less)
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Quality in Higher Education
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367 - 381
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10.1080/13538322.2012.730715
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  abstract     = {In many countries, current research policy is dominated by managerialism and excellence, manifesting the aim of making universities into national strategic assets in the globally competitive knowledge economy. This article discusses these policy trends and their mirror in recent developments in public funding for academic research, with special attention to Sweden. A review of the language in three con- secutive Swedish governmental research bills from the past 10 years shows a clear policy shift towards the promotion of excellence and stra- tegic priority on the level of higher education institutions. Reforms to the funding system, especially the launch of speci␣c strategic excellence funding programmes, are introduced to put the policy in practice. While the policy shift itself might be discursive, the changes to the funding system clearly show a determination on behalf of the Swedish govern- ment to increase strategic pro␣ling and the pursuit of excellence in research on behalf of universities.},
  author       = {Hallonsten, Olof and Silander, Charlotte},
  issn         = {1353-8322},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {367--381},
  publisher    = {Routledge},
  series       = {Quality in Higher Education},
  title        = {Commissioning the University of Excellence: Swedish research policy and new public research funding programmes},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13538322.2012.730715},
  volume       = {18},
  year         = {2012},
}