Aimed directly at those who aspire to be university leaders in these turbulent times, and written as an academic counterpart to Machiavelli’s The Prince, The Academic Caesar explores four themes that are central to the contemporary university: its Caesar-leaders, its economics, its disciplines, and whether academics have a future in the universities. Drawing on a wealth of experience writing about the social epistemology of higher education, Steve Fuller makes a witty, robust and provocative contribution to the ongoing debate about where the university has come from and where it is going. The Academic Caesar will prove a fascinating read for those seeking new insights into current crisis in higher education as well as researchers and academics interested in the sociology of leadership.
Chapter 3: Macroeconomic Knowledge Policy for Academic Caesars and their Would-Be Regulators
Macroeconomic Knowledge Policy for Academic Caesars and their Would-Be Regulators
1 Knowledge in search of a level of economic analysis it can call its own
This chapter argues that the pursuit of knowledge as an end in itself – that is, ‘scientific inquiry’ in its strict sense – can be justified only from within a macroeconomic framework that fosters the production of public goods. The argument follows closely the need for either a welfare state or market socialism to ensure the steady generation of public goods. Even we presume (controversially) that individuals know their own interests and capacities best, it does not follow that they know the interests and capacities of others sufficiently well to be ...