The Politics of Centralization

Gaye Tuchman

in Wannabe U

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780226815299
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226815282 | DOI:
The Politics of Centralization

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Adherents of the “new managerialism,” Wannabe University's administrators seek to improve organizational rationality to maximize economy, efficiency, and effectiveness. To accomplish this rationalization, they are modifying the administrative structure of the University by engaging in centralization. Some changes have been accomplished through a gradual concentration of power; others by seemingly sudden fiat. This chapter discusses the politics of centralization. It focuses on the “academic restructuring” (the elimination of three schools), the departure (retirement, firing, and career movement) of most of the deans, and some of the methods that professors use to deal with administrative fiats, which include both direct and indirect bureaucratic methods and ritual compliance.

Keywords: new managerialism; centralization; academic restructuring; corporate administration; academic administrator; research universities; audit culture; Wannabe University; accountability regime

Chapter.  10393 words. 

Subjects: Higher and Further Education

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