Academia in Anarchy: An Economic Diagnosis

Academia in Anarchy: An Economic Diagnosis

Academia in Anarchy: An Economic Diagnosis

Academia in Anarchy: An Economic Diagnosis

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Almost everyone, whether inside or outside the university, has his own description of what is happening to this once‐ stable institution of society. There are also as many prescriptions as to what should be done to improve things as there are men who make them. If anything, the chaos in discussion exceeds that in the events discussed. What seems to be needed most at this point is less talk from the top of soft heads and more thought in hard heads. There can be little doubt that we should stop making proposals for reform before we understand what we are observing. Prescription follows, it does not precede, explanation. And the feature most wanting is an explanation of the turmoil. To provide explanatory visions is the function of theory in all its applications. We certainly need not shun theory here.

Alone among the social sciences, economics has a general theory. It starts with a model of behavior which explains many aspects of the modern world, although by no means all. Should we not expect an economic vision of academia to be helpful? This book is an application of simple economic theory to the university chaos that is developing everywhere.

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