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Submission from the Association for Heterodox Economics to the international benchmarking review on research assessment

Submission from the Association for Heterodox Economics to the international benchmarking review... Purpose – This paper aims to make a submission to the UK's Economic and Social Research Council as part of its international benchmarking review of economics. Design/methodology/approach – The approach takes the form of a discussion of the health of economics in the UK from the perspective of heterodox or pluralist economists who are members of the Association for Heterodox Economics. Findings – Research assessment based on peer review is damaging economics in the UK because, as currently conducted, it does not promote pluralism. This will lead to a monolithic discipline that will reject new and controversial ideas and arguments. Practical implications – The current research assessment and subject benchmarking approaches must be completely changed so as to promote pluralism. Originality/value – This is the first document by a heterodox economics association to challenge the research assessment and subject benchmarking conventions in the UK and also in Europe. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png On the Horizon Emerald Publishing

Submission from the Association for Heterodox Economics to the international benchmarking review on research assessment

On the Horizon , Volume 16 (4): 7 – Sep 26, 2008

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2008 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1074-8121
DOI
10.1108/10748120810912592
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Abstract

Purpose – This paper aims to make a submission to the UK's Economic and Social Research Council as part of its international benchmarking review of economics. Design/methodology/approach – The approach takes the form of a discussion of the health of economics in the UK from the perspective of heterodox or pluralist economists who are members of the Association for Heterodox Economics. Findings – Research assessment based on peer review is damaging economics in the UK because, as currently conducted, it does not promote pluralism. This will lead to a monolithic discipline that will reject new and controversial ideas and arguments. Practical implications – The current research assessment and subject benchmarking approaches must be completely changed so as to promote pluralism. Originality/value – This is the first document by a heterodox economics association to challenge the research assessment and subject benchmarking conventions in the UK and also in Europe.

Journal

On the HorizonEmerald Publishing

Published: Sep 26, 2008

Keywords: Benchmarking; Research; Peer review; Serials

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