A Power-Critique of Academic Rankings : Beyond Managers, Institutions, and Positivism

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Welsh , J W 2021 , ' A Power-Critique of Academic Rankings : Beyond Managers, Institutions, and Positivism ' , Power and Education , vol. 13 , no. 1 , pp. 28-42 . https://doi.org/10.1177/1757743820986173

Title: A Power-Critique of Academic Rankings : Beyond Managers, Institutions, and Positivism
Author: Welsh, John W
Other contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Political and Economic Studies (2010-2017)
Date: 2021-03
Language: eng
Number of pages: 15
Belongs to series: Power and Education
ISSN: 1757-7438
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1757743820986173
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/328428
Abstract: The bulk of research on academic rankings is policy-oriented, preoccupied with 'best practices', and seems incapable of transcending the normative discourse of 'governance'. To understand, engage, and properly critique the operation of power in academic rankings, the rankings discourse needs to escape the gravity of 'police science' and embrace a properly political science of ranking. More specifically, the article identifies three pillars of the extant research from which a departure would be critically fruitful - positivism, managerialism, institutionalism - and then goes on to outline three aspects of rankings that a critical political analysis should explore, integrate, and develop into future research from the discourses of critical theory - arkhe, dispositif, and dialectik.
Subject: 5171 Political Science
Critical Theory
Universities
Higher Education
Audit Culture
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