Rules versus Discretion in Committee Decision Making: An Application to the 2001 RAE for UK Economics Departments
Harris, Richard D. F.
University of Exeter
SSRN Electronic Journal
The question of rules versus discretion has generated a great deal of debate in many areas of the social sciences. Recently, much of the discussion among academics and stakeholders about the assessment of research in UK higher education institutions has focused on the means that should be used to determine research quality. We present a model of committee decision-making when both rules and discretion are available. Some of the predictions of the model are tested empirically using the UK RAE 2001 results.