Journal article

Steering from a distance: Power relations in Australian higher education

S Marginson

Higher Education | KLUWER ACADEMIC PUBL | Published : 1997

Abstract

Conventional liberal frameworks - in which power is seen as the property of states, and repressive in character, and market and state exclude each other - are unable to comprehend the recent changes in liberal government, including the government of systems and institutions in higher education. Neo-liberal government rests on self-managing institutions and individuals, in which free agents are empowered to act on their own behalf but are 'steered from a distance' by policy norms and rules of the game. In the universities government-created markets and quasi-markets have been used to advance both devolution and central control, simultaneously, and national government and institutional managem..

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