The New Scholarship: Celebrating the ‘I’ in Ideas

15 Pages Posted: 16 May 2012 Last revised: 17 May 2012

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Robert Baldwin

London School of Economics - Law Department

Date Written: May 9, 2012


The New Scholarship has emerged as an influential style of scholarly writing. Its proponents rely, in the main, on three devices to add impact to their messages. These are self-reference, authority, and celebration. Self-references link discussions to the lives of the involved authors, authority lends force to contentions by emphasising the status of the writer, and celebration enhances the relevant message by emphasising the excitement involved in producing an important publication. The New Scholars may be seen by some as prone to excessive discursiveness and self-promotion, but the upside of the style is that it can reveal useful information about an author, and it contextualises the arguments being presented. What is clear is that the New Scholars enjoy considerable market success, political influence, and, increasingly, recognition in the academic world.

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Baldwin, Robert, The New Scholarship: Celebrating the ‘I’ in Ideas (May 9, 2012). LSE Legal Studies Working Paper No. 5/2012, Available at SSRN: or

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