This paper aims to critically review the regulations, values and practices of research assessment exercise (RAE) introduced and then conducted by the University Grants Committee (UGC) by deploying the cultural circuit advocated by Paul de Gay (1997), and argues that RAE is not a de facto professional and an academic practices, aiming at promoting the culture of academic pluralism and autonomy, but at legitimatizing the hegemony and manipulation of research practices in the light of an institutional and economic perspective. This paper is divided into three parts: Part one introduces the contexts leading up to the emergence and adoption of RAE to assess the academic performance of universities. Part two examines in what ways an economic perspective penetrates research by reviewing the key regulations and practices, then regulation and representation are extracted from the circuit of culture to interpret how culture of economy comes into being. And finally, implication of RAE on distorting and manipulating the research in a local context is delineated.

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WONG, Wai Kwok, Benson (2014). Reflecting upon the Research Assessment Exercise in Hong Kong : a cultural economy’s perspective. Cultural Studies@Lingnan, 38. Retrieved from http://commons.ln.edu.hk/mcsln/vol38/iss1/5/