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Coercive and mimetic isomorphism as outcomes of authority reconfigurations in French and Spanish academic career systems

Marini, G; (2020) Coercive and mimetic isomorphism as outcomes of authority reconfigurations in French and Spanish academic career systems. Policy Reviews in Higher Education 10.1080/23322969.2020.1806726. (In press).

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Abstract

Reforms in higher education have been passed in many European countries in the last decades, mostly trying to adapt national systems to new European and global challenges. This study examines some consequences of such major reforms in France and Spain. Specifically, these reforms introduced new agencies whose remit was inter alia to provide evaluation of research and to make such assessments pivotal for academic career progression. The paper investigates empirically whether, and to what extent, these new forms of authority have been capable of engendering the expected change to the system of academic career evaluation. The respective policy approaches and policy implementation in France and Spain reveal that these reforms triggered a reconfiguration of powers at various levels of academic life – affecting strategies for successful career development. Policy-making implications are relevant when these two countries are compared, suggesting that more radical policy approaches (coercive isomorphism, the French case) do not result in more change to academic evaluation practices than mimetic ones (the Spanish case). It is also important to note that coercive isomorphism encountered more frictions in its implementation.

Type: Article
Title: Coercive and mimetic isomorphism as outcomes of authority reconfigurations in French and Spanish academic career systems
DOI: 10.1080/23322969.2020.1806726
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23322969.2020.1806726
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Reform, career, coercive and mimetic isomorphism, France, Spain
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Social Research Institute
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10108671
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