The Changing Governance of the Sciences

The Advent of Research Evaluation Systems

  • Richard Whitley
  • Jochen Gläser

Part of the Sociology of the Sciences Yearbook book series (SOSC, volume 26)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Richard Whitley
      Pages 3-27
  3. Universities as Strategic Actors: State Delegation and Changing Patterns of Evaluation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 29-29
    2. Lars Engwall, Thorsten Nybom
      Pages 31-49
    3. Jochen GläSer, Grit Laudel
      Pages 101-123
  4. Weak and Strong Research Evaluation Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-125
    2. Jochen GläSer, Grit Laudel
      Pages 127-151
    3. Christof Schiene, Uwe Schimank
      Pages 171-190
    4. Barend Van Der Meulen
      Pages 191-203
    5. Laura Cruz-Castro, Luis Sanz-MenéNdez
      Pages 205-223
    6. Susan E. Cozzens
      Pages 225-242
  5. Concluding Reflections

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 243-243
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 267-271

About this book


The establishment of national systems of retrospective research evaluations is one of the most significant of recent changes in the governance of science. In many countries, state attempts to manage public science systems and improve their quality have triggered the institutionalisation of such systems, which vary greatly in their methods of assessing research performance, and consequences for universities. The contributions to this volume discuss, inter alia, the birth and development of research evaluation systems as well as the reasons for their absence in the United States, the responses by universities and academics to these new governance regimes, and their consequences for the production of scientific knowledge. By integrating new theoretical approaches with country studies and studies of general phenomena such as university rankings and bibliometric evaluations, the book shows how these novel state steering mechanisms are changing the organisation of scientific knowledge production and universities in different countries.

In combining latest research and an overview of trends in the changing governance of research, the book is essential not only for scholars engaged in higher education research, science policy studies, and the sociology of science but also for policy makers and analysts from science policy and higher education policy as well as university managers and senior scientists.



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Editors and affiliations

  • Richard Whitley
    • 1
  • Jochen Gläser
    • 2
  1. 1.University of ManchesterUK
  2. 2.University of LancasterUK

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