From Loose to Tight Management

Seeking Evidence of Archetype Change in Dutch and English Higher Education

  • Elke Weyer

Part of the Organization & Public Management book series (OPM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 251-305

About this book


Elke Weyer sheds light on the question why, after more than three decades of higher education reforms in some countries, it is still not clear whether the reforms have achieved their stated goals, i.e., to create autonomous universities that meet political expectations. By back-casting real-life decision-making processes, the author reconstructs how different types of actors influenced the academic governance of higher education institutions in the context of these reforms. This approach highlights how numerous changes in governance and organisation affect the relationships between actors and how they promote their interests.


  • The Transformation of the University – Reality or Myth?
  • Actor-Centered Institutionalism
  • Building the Archetype Template
  • Seeking Evidence of Archetype Change in Dutch Higher Education
  • Seeking Evidence of Archetype Change in English Higher Education

Target Groups

  • Researchers and students in the field of sociology with a focus on science studies, university research and organisational studies, political scientists
  • Managers of higher education institutions

The Author

Elke Weyer works at the head office of the German Council of Science and Humanities, Cologne, Germany.


Changing Governance of Universities State Policies Decision-Making University Research Ideal Types Authority Relations

Authors and affiliations

  • Elke Weyer
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  1. 1.Wissenschaftsrat KölnGermany

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