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Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2016 (Swedish)In: Thule: Kungl. Skytteanska Samfundets Årsbok / [ed] Roger Jacobsson, Umeå: Kungl. Skytteanska Samfundet , 2016, 47-57 p.Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Abstract [en]

There is a systematic error, the author argues, in Swedish public policy towards research and higher education. Seen historically, the error consists of three accumulated mistakes. The first was made immediately after 1945, with the introduction of sectorial research: i.e., commissioned research outside the context of student education and unrelated to any specified application. The second mistake was made in the 1970’s, when public grants for research were separated from grants for higher education. At the level of university institutions, the effect was to make education and teaching into a second-order activity. The third mistake came in the 1990’s, when the theory of new public management was applied to research and higher education. This involved measuring performance by the flow rate of students and counting publications irrespective of their content. As a result of these three mistakes, universities in Sweden perform less well and with weaker effect in society as a whole. Their professionalism and academic spirit has been undermined. Swedish universities could achieve more and perform better if they were organized in an academically sound way.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Kungl. Skytteanska Samfundet , 2016. 47-57 p.
, Kungl. Skytteanska Samfundets Årsbok, ISSN 0280 8692 ; 29
Keyword [en]
sectorial research, new public management, professionalism, academic liberalism, public policy towards research and higher education.
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-298127ISBN: 9789186438562OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-298127DiVA: diva2:944714
Available from: 2016-06-29 Created: 2016-06-29 Last updated: 2016-08-30Bibliographically approved

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