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Higher Education in Germany—Recent Developments in an International Perspective

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  • First academic monograph on recent developments in the German higher education system
  • Responds to a renewed international interest in the German higher education system
  • Offers up-to-date theoretical and empirical analyses to be used by both German and international scholars
  • Describes general theoretical concepts in higher education and social science research systematically and can serve for the analysis of other national systems

Part of the book series: Higher Education Dynamics (HEDY, volume 49)

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Table of contents (8 chapters)


About this book

Otto Hüther and Georg Krücken analyze the developments of the last 20 years in their new book on German higher education.

The foreign observer of German higher education, even the informed foreign observer, struggles to find denominators, not to mention common denominators of a bewildering array of approaches. Otto Hüther and Georg Krücken, in this book, do an absolutely splendid job of offering theoretical perspectives, qualitative and quantitative data, and comparative assessments

This book discusses the main higher education structures in Germany, both conceptually and with a particular emphasis on recent developments like, e.g., the growth and differentiation of the system, governance reforms, and the Excellence Initiative. It analyses recent developments from an international perspective, as the German system is clearly embedded in broader, transnational trends. As such, the book provides a comprehensive and detailed account of both new dynamics andstable paths in the German higher education system.

This book will be of interest to scholars and students dealing with higher education or Germany as an object of study (e.g. in education research, science studies, organization studies, sociology, psychology, political science), and to higher education managers, leaders, and policymakers who are interested in recent trends in German higher education


“The book—based on the authors’ 2016 book in German—is an appealing reading for an international audience interested in HE systems’ developments and in further understanding the particularities of HE in Germany.” (Andrea Detmer, Higher Education, Vol. 79, 2020)

Authors and Affiliations

  • INCHER-Kassel, Universität Kassel, Kassel, Germany

    Otto Hüther, Georg Krücken

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Higher Education in Germany—Recent Developments in an International Perspective

  • Authors: Otto Hüther, Georg Krücken

  • Translated by: Michael Alger

  • Series Title: Higher Education Dynamics

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Education, Education (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer International Publishing AG 2018

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-61478-6Published: 26 February 2018

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-87088-5Published: 06 June 2019

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-61479-3Published: 16 February 2018

  • Series ISSN: 1571-0378

  • Series E-ISSN: 2215-1923

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXI, 263

  • Number of Illustrations: 41 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Higher Education, Educational Policy and Politics, International and Comparative Education

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