Review of Ana M. Martínez Alemán’s, “Accountability, Pragmatic Aims, and the American University"
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This book review is an in depth examination of Ana M. Martinez Alemán’s scholarly analysis of the call for accountability in U.S. research universities. The review introduces the book to the reader following the author’s argument as it develops in the sequence of the book chapters. Pamela R. Mathews highlights the major contributions of the book such as the discussion on the significance of John Dewey’ s historic contributions to establishing standards for university governance and administration, and the critical analysis of the rising culture of managerialsim and its implications. Critiquing some of the author’s views the reviewer puts forward an argument about responsibility as an important aspect of accountability. Overall, the review convincingly presents the book as a meaningful study that examines current trends in higher education such as university corporatization, through the prism of American university history.
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