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The Discipline of Rankings: Tight Coupling and Organizational Change

Sauder, Michael; Espeland, Wendy

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This article demonstrates the value of Foucault's conception of discipline for understanding organizational responses to rankings. Using a case study of law schools, we explain why rankings have permeated law schools so extensively and why these organizations have been unable to buffer these institutional pressures. Foucault's depiction of two important processes, surveillance and normalization, show how rankings change perceptions of legal education through both coercive and seductive means....[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/25405
Source: American Sociological Review
DOI: 10.1177/000312240907400104

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