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Higher Education in Critical Perspective: Practices and Policies
Creating a New Public University and Reviving Democracy
Action Research in Higher Education
Morten Levin and Davydd J. Greenwood
230 pages, 2 illus., bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-78533-321-7 $90.00/£64.00 Hb Published (November 2016)
eISBN 978-1-78533-322-4 eBook
“In Creating a New Public University and Reviving Democracy, Morten Levin and Davydd Greenwood add their voices to the burgeoning catalogue of critiques of the impact of neoliberal policies on the quality of higher education in Europe and the US. But unlike many such contributions, this work draws heavily on the change management literature and offers a cornucopia of compelling and well-grounded ideas for reform of the academy.” · Times Higher Education
“This is an important book with value for policy and practice in public higher education and, more generally, for rethinking the relation between democracy, participation and education in contemporary societies… The book is not just a space for criticism of the current system, but it seeks to provide a path forward, making change happen by using action research.” · Michela Franceschelli, University College London
Public universities are in crisis, waning in their role as central institutions within democratic societies. Denunciations are abundant, but analyses of the causes and proposals to re-create public universities are not. Based on extensive experience with Action Research-based organizational change in universities and private sector organizations, Levin and Greenwood analyze the wreckage created by neoliberal academic administrators and policymakers. The authors argue that public universities must be democratically organized to perform their educational and societal functions. The book closes by laying out Action Research processes that can transform public universities back into institutions that promote academic freedom, integrity, and democracy.
Morten Levin is Professor of Industrial Economics and Technology Management at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway. With degrees in Mechanical Engineering, Operations Research, Sociology, he has worked as an action researcher on processes and structures of social change.
Davydd J. Greenwood is the Goldwin Smith Professor of Anthropology Emeritus at Cornell University. A Corresponding Member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Moral and Political Sciences since 1996, he served as the John S. Knight Professor and Director of the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies and as Director of the Institute for European Studies at Cornell.
Subject: General Anthropology Educational Studies Sociology
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Introduction: Democracy and Public Universities
PART I: PUBLIC GOODS, BILDUNG, PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES, AND DEMOCRACY
Chapter 1. Public Goods, Democracy, and Public Universities
Chapter 2. Multiple Models and Ideologies of Higher Education
Chapter 3. Bildung, Academic Freedom, Academic Integrity, and Democracy
PART II: UNIVERSITIES AS WORK ORGANIZATIONS: STAKEHOLDERS, STRUCTURES, SYSTEMS, STEERING, LEADERSHIP, AND ANTI-BILDUNG
Chapter 4. Work Organization of Universities: Structures
Chapter 5. Work Organization of Universities: Systemic Analysis
Chapter 6. Processes in the Work Organization of Universities: Socio-Technical Systems Design, Networking for Power, and Neo-Taylorism
Chapter 7. Leadership and Steering in Public Universities
PART III: THE ROAD FORWARD: ACTION RESEARCH FOR NEUE-BILDUNG IN HIGHER EDUCATION
Chapter 8. Action Research as a Strategy for Organizational Change
Chapter 9. Practicing Action Research in Public Universities
Conclusion: What Difference Could Action Research in Public Universities Make?
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