academic jobs

Mon, 6 Jun 1994 14:53:00 PDT

O'Brien writes:

" I would also have to disagree with Read's concept, and align my own
position to the concept that academic employment in the social sciences is
currently based on purely political criteria. "

I don't think O'Brien so much disagrees with me as emphasises a different
(and critical) aspect of how what jobs that there are, are allocated.
Despite the lip service that is paid to "hire the most qualified person",
what constitutes the "most qualified person" is usually so vague as to allow
for a wide range of "political criteria" to enter the hiring and promotion

D. Read