The aim of the study is to explain change processes in this turbulent policy domain. More in particular the study wants to address the decision making processes with respect to the design of new study programmes. In the process of designing new study programmes three stages of a classical policy cycle are distinguished: agenda setting, policy formulation and decision making. For a better understanding of the complexities of these stages the theoretical framework will further include concepts from the field of policy analysis, such as 'policy arenas' and 'policy networks' in which the interplay between actors and rules are stressed. This theoretical framework will be used to analyse a case study in Slovenian higher education, i.e. the establishment of the Medical Faculty at the University of Maribor.
Researcher involved: Aleksandra Kovac