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A Tamed Transformation. Debating Digitalisation in Research and Higher Education Policy in Switzerland, 1998–2020

Authors
  • Saner, Philippe
Type
Published Article
Journal
Swiss Journal of Sociology
Publisher
Sciendo
Publication Date
Oct 31, 2023
Volume
49
Issue
3
Pages
473–498
Identifiers
DOI: 10.2478/sjs-2023-0023
Source
De Gruyter
Keywords
License
Green

Abstract

In this article, I investigate the discursive field of the digital transformation of higher education and research policy in Switzerland. The qualitative analysis of political strategies and documents shows that actors in this policy field use open, ambiguous terms to characterise digitalisation. By building on this discursive strategy, the political actors aim not only to reduce uncertainty about the digital transformation as a complex phenomenon but also to build political consensus about the future development of this discursive field.

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