Drawing on the recent works of Donald Kennedy, Robert Rosenzweig, and Georg
e Dennis O'Brian, Johnstone argues for a renewal of faith in the special et
hicality of the academic profession, particularly within the research unive
rsity, and urges a strengthening of this quality rather than the current fa
scination with more governmental regulation or heightened market forces to
assure the proper balance between the university's (appropriately) multiple
, complex, and subtle missions.