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The public choice of university organzation: A stylized story of a constitutional reform

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The essay presents and explains a highly stylized story of the reactions of the structure of a university to a constitutional reform – in the university law – that radically changed the power structure from a bottom-up representative system to a top-down hierarchical system practically without checks and balances. It was meant as a more business-like system to increasing effective-ness. However, the result has been precisely the reverse. Both the (relative) size and the salaries of the bureaucracy have increased, while its effectiveness has fallen. The bureaucracy has grown particularly fast in the special service bureaus outside the normal structure and in the PR-depart-ment. It is shown that these outcomes correspond to the predictions of public choice theory, notably of Niskanen’s theory of bureaucracy.
Original languageEnglish
JournalConstitutional Political Economy
Pages (from-to)137-58
Number of pages22
Publication statusPublished - 24 Apr 2015

Bibliographical note

Replaces working paper with same name

    Research areas

  • University reform , Bureaucratic growth

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