11 July 2013

The marketisation of academia and its adverse effect on intellectual and methodological pluralism

On the monoculture of american international political economy:

"The monoculture we observe today also seems to me to be the product of a competitive academic environment in which we are compelled to live by the mantra of 'publish or perish'. Eager to make a name for ourselves in an 'evolutionary struggle for journal space' we quickly learn that paradigmatic or methodological eclecticism is a luxury for those with tenure and established reputations."..."We collectively converge, willingly or not, upon a socially constructed conventional wisdom."

Catherine Weaver (Review of International Political Economy 16:1; 2009, page 1)

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