In his book, Robert Reisz approaches the challenging topic of the reproduction of the humboldtian and napoleonian models of higher education systems. It includes a thorough history of how these models appeared and a particularly interesting discussion about their diffusion across the world. Taking a neoinstitutional perspective, the author aims to describe the process of imitation (as a form of innovation) that is happening during the institutionalization of the models of universities in various historical, cultural and social settings. Apart from a specialists’ public – experts and academics – the book is addressing to a wide public, including any social actor involved or interested, either directly or indirectly, in the cultural and institutional settings of the formal education system.
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