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.

University Leadership in the 21st Century: The Case for Academic Caesarism

University Leadership in the 21st Century: The Case for Academic Caesarism

1 Some Stage-Setting for the Academic Caesar

The Academic Caesar is no faceless Hobbesian Leviathan but the face of the general will as per democratic dictators of the sort that Rousseau could love. But perhaps even more than a dictator, the Academic Caesar’s personality must draw from the university’s past to project the institution into a future that challenges its current members to respond productively. Generally speaking, the US has fostered Academic Caesarism much more effectively than anywhere else, combining an often prophetic style of leadership, based on the independent church origins of the first American colleges, and a Humboldtian orientation to the university ...

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