Universities and associative regional governance: Australian evidence in non-core metropolitan regions

Gunasekara, Chrys (2006) Universities and associative regional governance: Australian evidence in non-core metropolitan regions. Regional Studies, 40(7), pp. 727-741.

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Universities and associative regional governance: Australian evidence in non-core metropolitan regions,Regional Studies 40, 727–741. Associative governance refers to a networked approach to governance that is based on mutual trust, collaboration, devolution of power and decentralization of decision-making to the lowest level practicable. This is regarded in the new regionalism literature as an essential element of regional innovation systems and learning regions, which turn on social learning. Drawing on this literature, the paper explores the roles performed by three Australian universities located in non-core metropolitan regions in fostering an associative approach to governance. A conceptual distinction between generative and developmental roles is proposed, and this distinction is examined in three university case studies, together with possible explanations of the roles performed by the universities. The research finds that the universities perform a developmental role and, arguably, a third transitional role that sits between the generative and developmental roles. Possible explanations of the roles performed are canvassed relating to policy settings, regional identity and university characteristics, and a number of anomalies are uncovered. These anomalies carry significant implications for policy and for the management of universities in peripheral regions.

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ID Code: 8436
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: For more information, please refer to the journal's website (see hypertext link) or contact the author. Author contact details: c.gunasekara@qut.edu.au
Keywords: Regions Universities Triple helix, HERN
DOI: 10.1080/00343400600959355
ISSN: 1360-0591
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: First published in Regional Studies 40(7):pp. 727-741.
Deposited On: 03 Jul 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2015 02:00

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