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The Academic Caesar
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The Academic Caesar
University Leadership is Hard



December 2016 | 120 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

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.


 
INTRODUCTION: THE NEO-LIBERAL MOMENT IN HIGHER EDUCATION
 
Chapter 1: UNIVERSITY LEADERSHIP IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY: THE CASE FOR ACADEMIC CAESARISM
 
Chapter 2: PEER REVIEW: KEY TO KNOWLEDGE AS A PUBLIC GOOD THE ACADEMIC GUILD’S LAST STAND?
 
Chapter 3: MACROECONOMIC KNOWLEDGE POLICY FOR ACADEMIC CAESARS AND THEIR WOULD BE REGULATORS
 
Chapter 4: A VISION FOR THE FUTURE: THE PROACTIONARY UNIVERSITY AS A PLATFORM FOR THE ACADEMIC CAESAR.

This is an enjoyable book. It is also an important one. Steve Fuller is willing to face the dilemmas of the modern university full on rather than fall back on the usual nostrums. You do not have to agree with him but you do have to take notice. That is a real achievement in a time when we desperately need new thinking on how to produce and transmit knowledge.

Nigel Thrift
Executive Director of Schwarzman Scholars and former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Warwick

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