Institutional Diversification and Homogeneity in Romanian Higher Education: The Larger Picture

  • Liviu Andreescu
  • Radu Gheorghiu
  • Viorel Proteasa
  • Adrian Curaj


Interest in the twin issues of institutional diversity and homogeneity in Romanian higher education is of quite recent date. As a result, there is currently an understandable paucity of analyses of these phenomena. In this article we aim to expand on the existing studies of institutional homogeneity/diversity by advancing some complementary hypotheses. We supplement the dominant neo-institutionalist arguments on the limited diversity in the Romanian academe with a resource-dependence perspective. We claim that, besides the (expected) isomorphic forces at play, diversification was also delayed by the absence of sufficient pressures for institutional differentiation.


High Education High Education System Academic Program Funding System Resource Dependence Theory 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Liviu Andreescu
    • 1
  • Radu Gheorghiu
    • 2
  • Viorel Proteasa
    • 3
  • Adrian Curaj
    • 4
  1. 1.Spiru Haret UniversityBucharestRomania
  2. 2.Institute for World EconomyBucharestRomania
  3. 3.National School for Political Studies and Public AdministrationBucharestRomania
  4. 4.Politehnica UniversityBucharestRomania

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