Performance Anxiety: Audit Culture and the Neoliberal New Zealand University

Authors

  • Geoff Stahl Victoria University of Wellington, Aotearoa/NewZealand

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3384/cu.2000.1525.1573618

Keywords:

audit culture, neoliberalism, research output measurement, academic publishing, Aotearoa/New Zealand

Abstract

This essay considers the role of audit culture and research output measurement regimes in Aotearoa/New Zealand. It explores the nature of neoliberalism and how it has worked its way into research and publishing, as well as departmental and teaching, contexts. This forms an important part of what Alison Hearn has called the promotional university, complete with bibliometrics and the attendant disciplinary mechanisms that work to produce “productive” researchers.

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Published

2015-01-19

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Section

Theme: Publishing for Public Knowledge