Creating a New Public University and Reviving Democracy: Action Research in Higher Education

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Berghahn Books, Nov 1, 2016 - Education - 230 pages

Public universities are in crisis, waning in their role as central institutions within democratic societies. Denunciations are abundant, but analyses of the causes and proposals to re-create public universities are not. Based on extensive experience with Action Research-based organizational change in universities and private sector organizations, Levin and Greenwood analyze the wreckage created by neoliberal academic administrators and policymakers. The authors argue that public universities must be democratically organized to perform their educational and societal functions. The book closes by laying out Action Research processes that can transform public universities back into institutions that promote academic freedom, integrity, and democracy.

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Davydd J. Greenwood is the Goldwin Smith Professor of Anthropology Emeritus at Cornell University. A Corresponding Member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Moral and Political Sciences since 1996, he served as the John S. Knight Professor and Director of the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies and as Director of the Institute for European Studies at Cornell.

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