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Babyesiza, Akiiki, University Governance in (Post-)Conflict Southern Sudan 2005-2011. The Nexus of Islamism, New Public Management and Neopatrimonialism, Series: Organization & Public Management, Wiesbaden: Springer VS, 2015. ISBN 978-3-658-08145-4. Pages 204.
Few studies have looked into the governance of universities in societies affected by armed conflicts, because they are either meant for practitioners or focused on the role of universities for peace and development. In contrast, this study offers an in-depth analysis of the relationship between state, higher education and society in a multicultural and multi-religious post-conflict setting and uses empirical data to question university governance concepts.
It explores the role that civil wars played in university development and governance in Sudan with a particular focus on Southern Sudan after the peace agreement of 2005 and before its secession in 2011. It used interviews with stakeholders and consulted wide ranging documents during a five months field trip in 2008. In the process, this book challenges Eurocentric perspectives in higher education governance research.
This study elaborates the role of travelling ideas in Sudanese higher education that led to a governance regime of Islamist Public Management, the impact of the civil war that turned universities into ideological battlefields, and the role of neopatrimonialism in higher education governance, where stakeholders in state, higher education and society view universities as a part of the government and not as independent collective actors.