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Power and Conflict in the University: Research in the Sociology of Complex Organizations


reviewed by Peter Caws 1971

coverTitle: Power and Conflict in the University: Research in the Sociology of Complex Organizations
Author(s): J. Victor Baldridge
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
ISBN: , Pages: 238, Year: 1971
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The thesis of Mr. Baldridge's book is that the prevalent organizational models of the university—which he takes to be two, the bureaucracy model and the collegium model—are inadequate for an understanding of what goes on in it, and that a new model, which he calls political, is needed. In the early part of the book, he discusses some features of this new model, and in the rest he tries it out on an actual institution, New York University. According to the political model the university is a composite of interest groups holding divergent values which are the product of "social context factors"; under certain circumstances these groups become pressure groups which engage in "interest articulation"; a process of "legislative transformation" resolves the conflicting pressures into official policy, and this policy, in the course of execution, generates new conflicts by feedback to the earlier stages. So far, so good. But that is, in fact, as far as Mr. Baldridge goes. With apologies to Messrs. Wiley, who have taken... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 73 Number 1, 1971, p. 121-123
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1605, Date Accessed: 12/13/2017 5:30:04 PM

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