Managing Universities

Policy and Organizational Change from a Western European Comparative Perspective

  • Ivar Bleiklie
  • Jürgen Enders
  • Benedetto Lepori

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Global Higher Education book series (PSGHE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Theory and Approach

  3. Modern Universities as Organizations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 55-55
    2. Marco Seeber, Benedetto Lepori
      Pages 85-105
    3. Emanuela Reale, Giulio Marini
      Pages 107-137
    4. Ivar Bleiklie, Svein Michelsen, Georg Krücken, Nicoline Frølich
      Pages 139-165
    5. Nicoline Frølich, Bjørn Stensaker, Jeroen Huisman
      Pages 167-188
  4. Higher Education Politics and Policies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 189-189
    2. Amélia Veiga, António Magalhães
      Pages 191-215
    3. Ivar Bleiklie, Svein Michelsen
      Pages 217-249
    4. Ivar Bleiklie, Svein Michelsen, Mary Henkel, Emanuela Reale
      Pages 251-274
    5. Gigliola Mathisen Nyhagen, Ivar Bleiklie, Kristin Hope
      Pages 275-300
  5. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 301-301
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 327-329

About this book


This book asks how modern universities are organized and managed, and questions whether 30 years of university reforms have resulted in stronger managerial structures and leadership control. It further asks whether current organisational and decision-making structures can be explained by public reform policies. The book offers a coherent, empirically grounded and theoretically driven presentation of data and core ideas behind a large scale comparative study of 26 universities across eight European countries. It focuses on the strength of university managerial structures, the role of academics, and how universities relate to and depend on their environment: to governments and other actors; to funders; to evaluators; and to external stakeholders. It further explores how higher education policies are shaped by and affect universities. Written by a cross-disciplinary team of European scholars, this book is unique both in its wide coverage and the depth of its analyses. It will be of great interest to scholars, graduate students and advanced undergraduates in the fields of organisation theory and sociology, policy studies, comparative public policy and administration, and higher education studies. It will also be of interest to higher education policy makers and administrators.


university governance national and supra-national political systems public administration organisation theory public higher education systems

Editors and affiliations

  • Ivar Bleiklie
    • 1
  • Jürgen Enders
    • 2
  • Benedetto Lepori
    • 3
  1. 1.University of Bergen BergenNorway
  2. 2.University of Bath BathUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.Università della Svizzera italiana LuganoSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-53864-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-53865-5
  • Series Print ISSN 2662-4214
  • Series Online ISSN 2662-4222
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