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See detailFuture Scenarios for the European Higher Education Area: Exploring the Potential of 'Experimentalist Governance'
Harmsen, Robert UL

Scientific Conference (2014, November 25)

The launch of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) in 2010 posed many of the central questions already asked of the Bologna Process (BP) with a renewed urgency, reflecting a growing sense among ... [more ▼]

The launch of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) in 2010 posed many of the central questions already asked of the Bologna Process (BP) with a renewed urgency, reflecting a growing sense among participants of a possible exhaustion of the initial process. Taking as its point of departure the irrevocably “soft law” character of the BP as a pan-European process, the present paper seeks to develop an understanding of how the process might be re-energized with reference to a model of “experimentalist governance” derived from the work of Sabel and Zeitlin. The paper first maps the functioning of the BP to date relative to the strictures of this experimentalist model, particularly identifying the absence of a strong dynamic of iterative policy learning as a major shortcoming. Building on this diagnosis, four broad lessons are then drawn for the possible future development of the EHEA. These lessons concern the role of expertise (and experts) in the process; the representative function of European-level stakeholder groups; the higher education policy discourse of the European Commission; and the reframing of national higher education policy debates in a manner that overcomes an identified logic of “discursive closure”. [less ▲]

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See detailThe (Geo-) Politics of EU Accession to the ECHR: Democracy and Distrust in the Wider Europe
Harmsen, Robert UL

in Kosta, Vasiliki; Skoutaris, Nikos; Tzevelekos, Vassilis P (Eds.) The EU Accession to the ECHR (2014)

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See detailThe Governance of the Global University: Leadership and Policy Challenges
Harmsen, Robert UL

in Leadership and Governance in Higher Education (2014), 2014(3), 36-52

This paper takes as its starting point the argument that the ‘global university’ is better conceived as a complex hybrid than as a genuinely transformative type of institution. The fundamental challenges ... [more ▼]

This paper takes as its starting point the argument that the ‘global university’ is better conceived as a complex hybrid than as a genuinely transformative type of institution. The fundamental challenges of governance which it poses are correspondingly conceptualised primarily in terms of the need to strike difficult balances across multiple, competing demands. The analysis is developed in two broad stages. The first part of the paper problematises the idea of globalisation as related to higher education policy, highlighting both the limits of the phenomenon and its intrinsic contradictions. The second part of the paper then explores the significance of this understanding for institutional leadership, looking in turn at issues of internal governance and the management of external policy congruence. [less ▲]

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See detailEuropéanisation
Harmsen, Robert UL; Paris, Sidonie UL

in Lambert Abdelgawad, Elisabeth; Michel, Hélène (Eds.) Dictionnaire des acteurs de l'Europe (2014)

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See detailThe Bologna Process and New Modes of Governance: Logics and Limits of Arena-shaping
Harmsen, Robert UL

Scientific Conference (2013, May 09)

The Bologna Process is often portrayed as a unique instance of the effective operation of the techniques of the new modes of governance in a pan-European forum. Yet, despite its apparent ‘success’ as a ... [more ▼]

The Bologna Process is often portrayed as a unique instance of the effective operation of the techniques of the new modes of governance in a pan-European forum. Yet, despite its apparent ‘success’ as a policy model, comparatively little attention has thus far been paid to the process in the Political Science and European Studies literatures. The present paper seeks to contribute to the understanding of this neglected governance dimension of the Bologna Process. The main sections of the paper provide a survey of the underlying political logics of the process; examine the nature and limits of the main policy instruments deployed; and assess the overall scope and limits of participation in the policy arena created. This allows for a final balance sheet to be drawn, suggesting the need for a reconceptualisation of the new modes of governance so as better to account for the strategic positioning of actors within and across different policy arenas. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Challenges of the Contemporary University
Harmsen, Robert UL

in Margue, Michel (Ed.) Université du Luxembourg, 2003-2013 (2013)

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See detailThe Dutch Left and European Integration: Framing the Constitutional Debate
Harmsen, Robert UL

in Holmes, Michael; Roder, Knut (Eds.) The Left and the European Constitution: From Laeken to Lisbon (2012)

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See detailThe Reform of the Convention System: Institutional Restructuring and the (Geo-)Politics of Human Rights
Harmsen, Robert UL

in Christoffersen, Jonas; Rask Madsen, Mikael (Eds.) The European Court of Human Rights between Law and Politics (2011)

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See detailConclusion: Diverging Experiences – Distinctive Clusters
Harmsen, Robert UL; Schild, Joachim

in Harmsen, Robert; Schild, Joachim (Eds.) Debating Europe: The 2009 European Parliament Elections and Beyond (2011)

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See detailIntroduction: National European Discourses and the 2009 European Parliament Elections
Harmsen, Robert UL; Schild, Joachim

in Harmsen, Robert; Schild, Joachim (Eds.) Debating Europe: The 2009 European Parliament Elections and Beyond (2011)

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See detailDebating Europe: The 2009 European Parliament Elections and Beyond
Harmsen, Robert UL; Schild, Joachim

Book published by Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft (2011)

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See detailConcluding Comment: On Understanding the Relationship between Populism and Euroscepticism
Harmsen, Robert UL

in Perspectives on European Politics and Society (2010), 11(3), 333-341

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See detailFrench Euroscepticism and the Construction of National Exceptionalism
Harmsen, Robert UL

in Chafer, Tony; Godin, Emmanuel (Eds.) The End of the French Exception?: Decline and Revival of the ‘French Model (2010)

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See detailThe Transformation of the ECHR Legal Order and the Post-Enlargement Challenges facing the European Court of Human Rights
Harmsen, Robert UL

in Martinico, Giuseppe; Pollicino, Oreste (Eds.) The National Judicial Treatment of the ECHR and EU Laws: A Comparative Constitutional Approach (2010)

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