The professions between state and market: A cross-national study of convergence and divergence

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Series Details Vol.4, No.2, June 2002, p235-260
Publication Date June 2002
ISSN 1461-6696
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This paper analyses the impact on the professions of changes in their institutional environment during the past two decades. A comparison is made between two professions - solicitors/advocates and pharmacists - in the contrasting institutional contexts of British and German society. It is suggested that, despite common pressures from the state and the market, there remains a significant degree of diversity in the way professions organise themselves in the two societies. A contrast is drawn between British modernises and German traditionalists, but some convergence is also noted. In both Britain and Germany, professional authority and privilege can no longer be taken for granted but have to be earned by proven performance and enhanced accountability.

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