Global Regionalisms and Higher Education
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Global Regionalisms and Higher Education

Projects, Processes, Politics

Edited by Susan L. Robertson, Kris Olds, Roger Dale and Que Anh Dang

This original book provides a unique analysis of the different regional and inter-regional projects, their processes and the politics of Europeanisation, globalisation and education. Collectively, the contirbutors engage with international relations and integrations theory to explore new ways of thinking about regionalisms and inter-regionalisms, and bring to the fore the role that higher education plays in this.
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Chapter 11: MERCOSUR, regulatory regionalism and contesting projects of higher education governance

Daniela Perrotta


Higher education (HE) governance is far from being exclusively shaped by national policy-making frameworks. In fact, the territorial politics of the (sub-) nationally located state are being challenged by a complex set of regulations and norms established in the international and supra-regional arenas. At the same time, these regulations and norms generate ideas and discourses of HE governance that also stimulate practices within HE institutions (HEIs). Yet the tendency is to continue to study the higher education sector as if its governance arrangements are entirely located at the (sub-) national scales. To overcome this implicit methodological nationalism, avenues for research have been opened by the study of how regional integration schemes are transforming the scales for policy delivery (Jayasuriya and Robertson, 2010). Many regional integration agreements (RIAs) – including those in Latin America (see Muhr, Chapter 12 in this volume) and the Caribbean regionalism (see Jules, Chapter 10 in this volume) – have settled norms for the HE sector and most of the regional policies are bypassing the territoriality of politics of the state. Here the concept of ‘regulatory regionalism’ (Jayasuriya and Robertson, 2010; see also the Introduction to this volume) is particularly fruitful to assess these thickening configurations of norms, regulations and policies, which are crafting HE governance across the globe.

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