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ERIC Number: EJ861198
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 57
ISSN: ISSN-0142-5692
Bureaucracy and Its Limits: Accountability and Rationality in Higher Education
Murphy, Mark
British Journal of Sociology of Education, v30 n6 p683-695 Nov 2009
Alongside debates concerning managerialism, marketisation and performativity, the question of accountability in higher education has come to the fore in recent commentary. Discussion of the subject has tended to be divided into two distinct camps. On the one hand, there are strong calls for more accountability to the public purse--a desire to witness more productive returns and efficiency on investment in higher education. On the other, there are academics who rail against the oppressive, panoptican-like nature of the audit culture, emphasising the debilitating effects of quality assurance mechanisms on academic life. The paper suggests that one way out of this impasse is to place the current accountability agenda--what Travers refers to as the "new bureaucracy"--in the context of Max Weber's account of bureaucracy and rationality. Habermas' reconstructed version of Weber's work is identified as a possible means of delineating the reaches and limits of modern bureaucratic accountability.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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