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Appointing University Executives: A Case of Managerialism in Action

Shepherd, Sue (2015) Appointing University Executives: A Case of Managerialism in Action. In: SRHE Policy Network: University Governance and Management: Critical Engagements with Theory, Policy and Practice, 13 May 2015, London Metropolitan University. (KAR id:48533)


The prevailing academic narrative asserts that managerialism is all pervasive in today’s universities. But what exactly is managerialism and how does it differ from new public management and neoliberalism, terms with which it is often confused or conflated? In an attempt to gain greater conceptual clarity, this paper presents an ideal-type model of managerialism as ideology. This is then utilised to explore the extent to which recent changes to the appointment of deputy and pro vice chancellors might be considered symptomatic of ideal-type managerialism. Thus, the academic narrative itself is subjected to critical examination.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
Uncontrolled keywords: managerialism; neoliberalism; new public management; higher education;
Subjects: L Education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Sue Shepherd
Date Deposited: 18 May 2015 10:25 UTC
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2022 05:56 UTC
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Shepherd, Sue.

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