Institutional Change of European Higher Education: The Case of Post-War Germany

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Higher education systems in Western industrialized countries have been subject to remarkable institutional changes. We present a chronological and historical analysis of the German higher education field starting with the postwar period until the more recent changes in the institutional environment. We took Germany as a reference case of a continental European education system that traditionally emphasized the Humboldtian ideal of education through science. The purpose of this chapter is to develop a better understanding of the societal and managerial issues associated with the macro-level changes and transition from an era of professional dominance to an era of managed education.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMulti-Level Governance in Universities : Strategy, Structure, Control
EditorsJetta Frost, Fabian Hattke, Markus Reihlen
Number of pages30
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer Schweiz
Publication date2016
ISBN (print)978-3-319-32676-4
ISBN (electronic)978-3-319-32678-8
Publication statusPublished - 2016

    Research areas

  • Management studies - Institutional change, Neo-institutionalism, Higher education, Germany