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Changing continuities: comparing institutional change in Italian and German Higher Education

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While most of the scholars either do not believe a systematic theory of institutional change is possible or use the standard “punctuated equilibrium” model, Streeck and Thelen (2004) try to find a “third way” by distinguishing five types of institutional change as a gradual change, with different mechanisms accounting for the way change works.
Despite having been developed by observing, among others, institutional changes in the German system of vocational education (Thelen 2005), Streeck and Thelen’s theory has not been used yet to explain institutional change in educational systems. The proposed paper takes some steps in this direction comparing how Italian and German Higher Education systems (HES) have changed during the last decades. On the basis of existing literature and direct research, the paper describes the main actors involved in the governance of both HES, their strategies and how change is taking place. Then, Streeck and Thelen’s types of change are discussed with reference to the cases. Two questions are asked: a) which of the mechanisms described by Streeck and Thelen better captures recent institutional change in Italian and German HES? b) what do the two cases and the comparison tell about the theory? Is it possible to develop new insights on institutional change on this base?
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Ballarino, Gabriele. "Changing continuities: comparing institutional change in Italian and German Higher Education" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the SASE Annual Conference, Sciences Po, Paris, France, Jul 16, 2009 <Not Available>. 2014-11-29 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p308509_index.html>

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Ballarino, G. , 2009-07-16 "Changing continuities: comparing institutional change in Italian and German Higher Education" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the SASE Annual Conference, Sciences Po, Paris, France <Not Available>. 2014-11-29 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p308509_index.html

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Abstract: While most of the scholars either do not believe a systematic theory of institutional change is possible or use the standard “punctuated equilibrium” model, Streeck and Thelen (2004) try to find a “third way” by distinguishing five types of institutional change as a gradual change, with different mechanisms accounting for the way change works.
Despite having been developed by observing, among others, institutional changes in the German system of vocational education (Thelen 2005), Streeck and Thelen’s theory has not been used yet to explain institutional change in educational systems. The proposed paper takes some steps in this direction comparing how Italian and German Higher Education systems (HES) have changed during the last decades. On the basis of existing literature and direct research, the paper describes the main actors involved in the governance of both HES, their strategies and how change is taking place. Then, Streeck and Thelen’s types of change are discussed with reference to the cases. Two questions are asked: a) which of the mechanisms described by Streeck and Thelen better captures recent institutional change in Italian and German HES? b) what do the two cases and the comparison tell about the theory? Is it possible to develop new insights on institutional change on this base?


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