Competitive accountability in academic life: The struggle for social impact and public legitimacy

Richard Watermeyer

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This book considers how a culture of ‘competitive accountability’ in UK higher education produces multiple tensions, contradictions and paradoxes that are destabilizing and deleterious to the work and identities of academics as research scientists. It suggests the potential of a new discourse of scientific accountability, that frees scientists and their public communities from the absurdities and profligacy of ‘performativity’ and ‘managerial governmentality’ encountered in the REF and an impact agenda – the noose of competitive accountability – and a more honest and meaningful public contract.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd
Number of pages164
ISBN (Print)978 1 78897 612 1, 978 1 83910 448 0
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019

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