Mergers in South African higher education: theorising change in transitional contexts

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dc.contributor.author Jansen, Jonathan D.
dc.date.accessioned 2006-01-27T12:35:32Z
dc.date.available 2006-01-27T12:35:32Z
dc.date.issued 2003-05
dc.description.abstract Drawing on a study of five merger cases in recent South African higher education, this article examines why in each case, the mergers proceeded despite intense opposition from the entities affected and in a form and manner different from that envisaged by their state designers. It considers too, the inadequacies of existing merger theories to explain these two factors and draws on contingency theory to show how the merger outcomes were the product of a complex interplay between governmental macro-politics and institutional micropolitics in a context of political transition. It also exposes the assumption that policy implementation is a rational process in which institutional practice mirrors the formal intentions of government planners, arguing that the merger process in South Africa has to date been marked by behaviour and action that has been both irrational and incoherent as well as not necessarily in the interests of the higher educational process. en
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dc.identifier.citation Jansen, J 2003, ‘Mergers in South African higher education: theorising change in transitional contexts’, Politikon: South African Journal of Political Studies, vol. 30, issue 1, pp. 27-51. [http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/carfax/02589346.html] en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/118
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher The South African Political Studies Asociation en
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dc.subject Mergers en
dc.subject Higher education en
dc.title Mergers in South African higher education: theorising change in transitional contexts en
dc.type Article en


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