Comparative study on management and self-governance models

The point of departure of this international comparative study is the general observation that modes of coordination with respect to the public sectors in Western Europe are changing. It is widely argued that in the world of higher education models of new public management are replacing traditional models of self-governance. The key question in our research project is to what extent do macro reforms lead to micro improvements in research? In other words, how do changing modes of coordination affect university research? Four countries are included in the study: Austria, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom (i.e. England). In these four countries the focus will be on the disciplines of medieval history and red biotechnology.

Our study (called P3) is part of a larger project that is funded by the Deutsche Forschungs­­­gemeinschaft. More information about our study and the larger group can be found at

Researchers involved: Harry de Boer, Jürgen Enders, Liudvika Leišytė