About the research

The rise of New Public Management (NPM) from the 1980s
onwards has changed Dutch and Flemish university governance. Although NPM is
widely debated, the concrete practices and challenges at the organizational
level, underlying Dutch and Flemish university governance, are poorly
understood. Current writing does not always address important details and the
historical context. To fill this gap, this project covers a historical,
comparative study on the governance changes of four cases: Leiden University,
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Ghent University, and KU Leuven. The aim of this
project is to understand the rise of NPM in Dutch and Flemish universities
between 1980-2020.