28 December 2010

Political Science, Incorporated

In the NYRB this week there is a useful article by Simon Head on the political-economy of higher education in the U.S. and U.K.; you can find it here. Corporatization run a muck? Well, since I work at a private University that has a tight budget, I understand the need to make hard financial decisions. But I can also see the sorts of pressures Head describes all around me. The idea of research on call or for profit is not simply ludicrous. It tends to generate tripe - in other words, bad research. The same goes for teaching.

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