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La réforme comme opportunité professionnelle ? Autonomie des établissements et montée en puissance des cadres administratifs des universités

Abstract : Institutional autonomy and the rise of administrators in French universities Following an extensive reform of university governance in 2007, this article analyzes the changing role of professional administrators in French universities, such as heads of administrative services, functional experts and support staff managers. Drawing on two case studies, it addresses a blind spot in the literature on public sector professional bureaucracies, which has largely overlooked the role that support staff may play in the development of managerialism in public institutions. The reform provided space allowing these actors to promote the rationalization and the centralization of university administrations. While this process vastly increased their influence over organizational sub-units within universities, they have been cautious not to challenge the authority and role of academic leaders in university governance. In order to legitimize their action, they have positioned themselves as management experts serving the goals of academic leaders by tightening budgetary control and providing resources at the disposal of university presidencies.
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Julien Barrier, Christine Musselin. La réforme comme opportunité professionnelle ? Autonomie des établissements et montée en puissance des cadres administratifs des universités. Gouvernement & action publique, Presses de sciences po, 2015, 4 (4), pp.127-151. ⟨10.3917/gap.154.0127⟩. ⟨hal-02108917v2⟩

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