In Defence of Discretion

  • Ylva Hasselberg
Part of the Higher Education Dynamics book series (HEDY, volume 39)


In this chapter, I consider the idea of research as a calling in contrast to the deprofessionalised research culture that she sees developing. The new professionalism, in the author’s view, lacks the key factor of a value-based standard for good work. Instead, the new professional ethics has as its starting point the rejection of all values except instrumentality. Research and higher education, the last bastions of independent professional judgement, have now also fallen victim to “good governance”. The consequences of the loss of independent judgement in academe are vast, since one of the main justifications for the existence of universities is to train and develop the capacity for professional judgement in all fields.


Network Mode Professional Group Academic Freedom Professional Judgement Academic Faculty 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Economic HistoryUppsala UniversityUppsalaSweden

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