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Development of Professional Associations in Russia: A Research into Institutional Framework, Self-Regulation Activity, and Barriers to Professionalization


  • Àlexandra Moskovskaya

    () (National Research University Higher School of Economics, Director of CSE, The head of research group)

  • Îleg Oberemko

    () (National Research University Higher School of Economics, Leading Research Fellow CSE)

  • Victoria Silaeva

    () (National Research University Higher School of Economics, Research Fellow CSE)

  • Irina Popova

    () (National Research University Higher School of Economics, Ph.D. Sociology, Leading Research Fellow CSE; Institute of Sociology Russian Academy of Sciences)

  • Inna Nazarova

    () (National Research University Higher School of Economics, Doctor of Economics)

  • Olga Peshkova

    () (National Research University Higher School of Economics, Ph.D. Economics)

  • Marina Chernysheva

    () (National Research University Higher School of Economics, Research Fellow CSE)


Professional associations in Russia are to some extent novices in contemporary professional regulation. Only small part of them can play significant role in enforcement of professional control (representing professional community in front of other stakeholders, adopting professional standards, ensuring market closure, protecting of prevalence of professional ethics etc.). Partially that comes from the lack of experience of self-regulation that professions have in the Russian history and sharp invasion of the global market in the 1990-es, partially that follows tradition of state predominance in economy and society. During the last two decades a mass of organizations arose in Russia calling themselves professional associations, guilds, societies and unions. The task to understand who they are, whether they can and they ought to represent professional community and what are their ways of professional self-regulation became now a pressing practical problem and an interesting research task. The object of this research is mapping the field of variety of non-government organizations that claim institutional control as professional associations in order to clarify the following issues: - What are the main forms of professional associations by their qualitative characteristics - What are their actual means and feasible opportunities to achieve professional control in their field of expertise or at least influence it – What are the main limits of professional self-regulation they dispose and whether there are any alternative forms of professional regulation in certain professional areas

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  • Àlexandra Moskovskaya & Îleg Oberemko & Victoria Silaeva & Irina Popova & Inna Nazarova & Olga Peshkova & Marina Chernysheva, 2013. "Development of Professional Associations in Russia: A Research into Institutional Framework, Self-Regulation Activity, and Barriers to Professionalization," HSE Working papers WP BRP 26/SOC/2013, National Research University Higher School of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:hig:wpaper:26/soc/2013

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    1. Matthias Kipping & Ian Kirkpatrick, 2013. "Alternative Pathways of Change in Professional Services Firms: The Case of Management Consulting," Journal of Management Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 50(5), pages 777-807, July.
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    professional association; professionalization; self-regulation; state; market-oriented professions;

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    • Z13 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Language; Social and Economic Stratification
    • D71 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Social Choice; Clubs; Committees; Associations

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