Mediating Problem Choice
Academic Researchers' Responses to Changes in their Institutional Environment
New governance approaches are at the forefront of discussions of public sector reforms, including where they involve academic research where a novel type of institutional environment has been created for most of the actors involved, and also the academic ‘production unit’, be it an individual researcher, a research group, a scientific community, or the academic profession as a whole. This chapter discusses how the interests and preferences of the academics, and the social norms that are considered important for academic research, mediate and influence the effects of these changes. It focuses on the consequences of changing authority relations for practices at the micro-level of academic research, the academic research groups, and researchers.
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