University Leader Appointment Procedure in the Russian Federation: Building a Vertical of Power in Higher Education
26 Pages Posted: 21 Apr 2021
Date Written: January 31, 2021
Modernization reforms in Russian universities over the past 20 years have, among other things, led to the replacement of university leader elections with direct appointment. Although over half of the public universities in Russia still elect their academic leaders, electoral competitiveness is debatable. Given the vast diversity of universities, it is expected that the government will differentiate it policy depending on university type. This paper seeks to shed some light on whether the remaining rector elections are competitive. Using a sample of Russian universities, it shows that the remaining elections are not competitive and that the government differentiates its policy toward universities by more often appointing rectors at leading universities to have more control over them.
Keywords: higher education, academic leadership, university leader appointment procedure, russia
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