Higher education, policy networks, and policy entrepreneurship in africa: The case of the association of african universities

Ane Turner Johnson, Joan B. Hirt, Pascal Hoba

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Abstract

Higher education institutions in Africa are increasingly vital to development efforts. While there is burgeoning research that suggests many universities are reforming in order to include intentional development efforts, perceived crisis and the paucity of resources on the continent has created a contentious relationship between higher education and development. To surmount this prevailing sentiment, alternative organizations that facilitate higher education's contribution to the development process in Africa should be considered. One such alternative is the higher education policy network. This case study examined the Association of African Universities (AAU) as a policy network influencing development in Africa. The results are interpreted through Roberts and King's (1991) notion of policy entrepreneurship, a framework that provides an analytical understanding of AAU activities in policymaking and development. We suggest that this framework may be pursued with more intentionality by higher education policy networks, particularly in regard to building organizational capacity and monitoring and evaluating policy innovations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)85-102
Number of pages18
JournalHigher Education Policy
Volume24
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science

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