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Frontiers of Education in China

Front. Educ. China    2020, Vol. 15 Issue (2) : 187-221     https://doi.org/10.1007/s11516-020-0010-z
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Political Culture and Higher Education Governance in Chinese Societies: Some Reflections
YANG Rui()
Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
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Over the past decades, higher education governance and university management have become increasingly complex worldwide in a context of unprecedented expansion and diversification. Driven by both external and internal pressures, higher education reforms in different nations have often been reported to follow a similar pattern: shifting from the control model to the supervisory model in nearly all aspects of their relationship with universities. While such a trend in Chinese societies has been well documented in the literature, few people have been able to identify the sticking point of higher education governance there. As a result, the concept of a doomed cycle continues to linger obstinately, viewing power delegation as leading to market disorder which, in turn, leads to tighter control. This article points out the neglect of Confucian political culture and its importance for studies of higher education governance reforms in Chinese societies. It aims to demonstrate that Western theories of and approaches to governance and autonomy in higher education cannot be simply applied to other societies of highly different historical and cultural traditions. By so doing, it attempts to shed some light on debates over governance and autonomy in higher education in a much wider context.

Keywords political culture      higher education      governance, university autonomy      Chinese societies      Confucianism      Legalism     
Issue Date: 10 July 2020
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YANG Rui. Political Culture and Higher Education Governance in Chinese Societies: Some Reflections[J]. Front. Educ. China, 2020, 15(2): 187-221.
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http://journal.hep.com.cn/fed/EN/Y2020/V15/I2/187
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