Quality Assurance and the Shift Towards Private Governance in Higher Education: Europeanisation Through the Back Door?

Eva Hartmann*

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This contribution focuses on quality assurance (QA) agencies in the sphere of higher education. It develops a theoretical framework that interrelates systems theory with Gramsci's theory of hegemony with a view to situating this new control of universities in the broader context of a further differentiation of society and emerging heterarchical modes of governance. A closer study of the emerging European market of QA agencies highlights the European dimension of this differentiation and the role of the market in advancing a variable geometry in the context of the European Higher Education Area.
TidsskriftGlobalisation, Societies and Education
Udgave nummer3
Sider (fra-til)309-324
StatusUdgivet - 2017


  • Higher education
  • Quality assurance
  • Europe
  • Luhmann
  • Transnationalisation of the state
  • Private governance