The Struggle for Social Impact and Public Legitimacy
Chapter 7: Disclaiming competitive accountability: pay and pensions
This chapter explores two of the major events of the 2017–2018 academic year in the UK, namely a ‘crisis’ involving vice-chancellors’ pay and unprecedented industrial action that arose out of an academic pensions dispute. These two case studies are used to reveal how a culture of competitive accountability has caused the UK Academy to consecrate the contribution made by senior administrative leaders in universities while concomitantly desecrating the contribution of ‘rank-and-file’ academics. Large-scale sector-wide disputes of this kind are shown to reveal the potential for the disclaiming of competitive accountability.
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