Réguler et mettre en réforme les universités par les instruments : l’exemple de l’enseignement supérieur en Afrique de l’Est

Abstract : The aim of this paper is to discuss the higher education reforms in East Africa (case studies of the universities of Nairobi in Kenya and Makerere in Uganda) through the theoretical framework of policy instruments. Our argumentation contains two steps: First of all, new procedures and bureaucratic rules seem to regulate the institutions of higher education and confirm the advent of original university reforms (for instance with the ISO certification). By analysing the implementation of these new governance techniques, our paper focuses on some original and undesired effects of policy instrumentation. These unintended results can be due to several characteristics of policy configurations in Africa, such as normative pluralism, local (re)negotiations and the role of new decisive actors who join policy-making during the implementation process (for example the administrative staff). By stressing the implementation of policy instruments in the higher education sector, this analysis provides a critical discussion of the making of managerial universities. We thereby question the dominant role of donors in the processes of university reforms as well as the internationalisation of higher education systems. The theoretical aim is to articulate the policy instruments framework with the classical approach of the policy implementation.
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Olivier Provini. Réguler et mettre en réforme les universités par les instruments : l’exemple de l’enseignement supérieur en Afrique de l’Est. 14ème Congrès national de l’Association française de science politique, Association française de science politique. Section thématique n° 21 : « Saisir l’action publique en Afrique à travers les instruments » coordonnée par Sina Schlimmer et Philippe Lavigne-Delville, Jul 2017, Montpellier, France. ⟨hal-01541188⟩

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