Managerialism in Irish Universities

Professor Steve Hedley

Volume 1 Issue 1 Article 3

“Managerialism” is a term often used in relation to modern universities, sometimes as a neutral description of certain organisational techniques, sometimes as a pejorative expression. This article has three goals. Firstly, I suggest a reasonably precise definition of managerialism in this context. Secondly, against this definition I search for “managerialism” in modern Irish university law and practice, from the Universities Act, 1997, to the present; in which it will appear that managerialism has made considerable gains, though it has by no means conquered the field. And thirdly, I sketch some of the implications for the management of Irish universities.

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