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Reconfiguring Knowledge ProductionChanging Authority Relationships in the Sciences and their Consequences for Intellectual Innovation$
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Richard Whitley, Jochen Gläser, and Lars Engwall

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199590193

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590193.001.0001

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The UK Research Assessment Exercise

The UK Research Assessment Exercise

A Case of Regulatory Capture?

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(p.51) 2 The UK Research Assessment Exercise
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Reconfiguring Knowledge Production
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Ben Martin

Richard Whitley (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590193.003.0002

The UK was one of the first countries both to institutionalize university research assessment and to link it to financial allocations. Consequently, the effects on authority relations there are likely to be more profound than in many other European states. This chapter first looks at the historical background to the introduction of the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), and then examines the evolution of the RAE as carried out on successive occasions. It analyses its impact on authority relations — in particular those relating to the Funding Councils and the government, to users, disciplinary elites, universities and university departments, and individual researchers. The final section summarizes the conclusions emerging from this analysis.

Keywords:   university research assessment, funding, government authority, UK Research Assessment Exercise

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