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.

Peer review: key to knowledge as a public good or the academic guild’s last stand?

Peer review: key to knowledge as a public good or the academic guild’s last stand?

1 Introduction and Overview of the Argument

Peer review is an easy – and to a large extent justified – target for cynicism on the part of both aspiring Academic Caesars and neo-liberal policymakers. To be sure, most non-academics encounter ‘peer review’ as a quality control signal in knowledge production. However, for the academics themselves, it can feel like an exquisite combination of blackmail and extortion. On the blackmail side, academics wishing to publish in a certain field know in advance that they have no chance of acceptance unless their work formally acknowledges the work of ...

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