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ERIC Number: EJ1165360
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Dec
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1740-2743
Rhetorical Tension in the Bureaucratic University
Cunningham, Joseph
Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, v15 n3 p305-331 Dec 2017
The managed university functions as the prominent organizational paradigm in higher education. Returning to Max Weber's original analysis of bureaucracy, several fundamental characteristics of the managed university come to surface, including the emphasis on specialization, hierarchy, and secrecy. Among these characteristics is the importance of communication and rhetoric to the enterprise. Despite embodying the spirit of rationalism, bureaucracy employs a mode of organizational subjectivity reflective in the language practices of the system. Within the managed university, manipulations of discourse obscure the increasingly bureaucratic nature of the university and expand organizational control over campus culture.
Institute for Education Policy Studies. University of Northampton, School of Education, Boughton Green Road, Northampton, NN2 7AL, UK. Tel: +44-1273-270943; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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