The Market for Academics

By Christine Musselin

© 2010 – Routledge

264 pages

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About the Book

This book addresses academic labor markets in three countries: France, Germany, and the United States. The management of faculty careers is a critical issue in university autonomy, and in many countries recent reforms have increasingly addressed this area.

Musselin’s exhaustive empirical research on academic job hiring practices and faculty career patterns included over 200 interviews with faculty members and administrators concerning two disciplines: history and math. Each of the countries has very different historical traditions with regard to how peers recruit their colleagues within the academy. Using what is known as an "economics of quality" comparative approach, she sheds new light on faculty worklife. The author’s focus on the criteria of evaluation in academic hiring decisions is a unique contribution and one that should stimulate the current debates on higher education reforms.

Table of Contents

Foreword to the English Edition

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. Academic Careers: Each Country has its Own Rules

2. Three National Labor Supply Construction Models

3. Forming Collective Judgments

4. Exercising Judgment to Select a Few Candidates from Among the Many

5. Uncertainty about Quality

6. "Pricing" Academics

7. Career Dynamics and Models of the Academic Profession.

Conclusion

Appendix: Tables A-H

Notes

Bibliography

Index

About the Author

Christine Musselin is Lecturer at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris and Senior CNRS researcher at the Centre de Sociologie des Organisations.

About the Series

Studies in Higher Education

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDU000000
EDUCATION / General
EDU001000
EDUCATION / Administration / General
EDU015000
EDUCATION / Higher