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2003. Vol. 4. No. 1

Full text of the journal

Editor’s Foreword
P. 4–5


Walter W Powell
P. 6–12

New Texts

Yana Roshchina
Formal and Informal Costs of Entering University: How Much are We Ready to Pay?
P. 13–20

The paper provides the empirical results of the study, the main idea of which is that entrance to the university costs something. The author identifies several types of such cots, tries to explain the people’s choice of the costs’ relation and to disclose if these costs are alternative or complimentary ones. The factors of these costs and the parents’ readiness to pay them are discussed in the text. The basis for the paper is the special poll, held in April-September in 2001 in Moscow region, Pskov region, Rostov region and Perm region in Russia.   

Vadim Volkov
Force Entrepreneurship in Contemporary Russia. Part 7
P. 21–44

The chapter deals with an important aspect of Soviet state heritage, that was not studied carefully before. The puzzle of the lack of state impact could be partially solved by the research of “quite” changes of large segments of state forced organizations into the system of private guarding services.  The powerful tool of the compulsion of the former Soviet Union that became useless due to these changes could not disappear without a trace. It only changed by the organizational shape: private companies appeared and started to provide guard services and information support. The employees of these companies are the former staff of state security and militia.  The author analyses these important newcomers on the market, their background, fields of business and their relations with other force structures as well as their future development. 

New Translations

Neil Fligstein
Markets as Policy: A Political-Сultural Approach to Market Institutions
P. 45–63

The author claims that social institutions include markets. Using the expression of “markets as policy” he investigates sociological model of action, according to which the market players are looking for stable relations and solving the problem of competition via social means. The author analyses the strong linkage between the market and the state. Basing on these statements the author provides hypotheses of how the policy on the markets is done at different stages of their development: appearance, stability and transformation periods. It is claimed that during the market formation when the actors-firms are trying to build status hierarchy the political action reminds social movements. When markets are stable the firms that are more powerful defend their positions from the potential competitors. During the transition period these firms could act for more unstable situation on the market that arises due to social movements. 

Insight from the Regions

Larisa Petrova
Employers Unions: Potential in Social Partnership
P. 64–80

The paper analyses the characteristics of federal and regional unions of employers and their relations with trade unions in the practice of social partnership. The relations between three partners are in the focus. They are employers, trade unions and the state.

Debut Studies

Alexander Kurakin
The Analysis of the Notion of “Social-Economic Set-Up”
P. 81–104

The paper considers the possibility to investigate the economic life with the help of the notion of “social-economic set-up". The main statement is that social-economic set-up is not an independent theory but the continuation of other sociological theories. Any theory is an analytical block of definitions and notions. The concept of set-up is series of analytical blocks derived from the basic theoretical block. The author states that the concept of set-up could be applied to any sociological theory. The example of the construction scheme of the social-economic set-up on the basis of the Fligstein’s, Bourdieu’, Polanyi’s and Chayanov’s papers is given. 

Professional Reviews

Søren Christensen, Guje Sevón, Risto Tainio, Arent Greve, Paul Roness, Barbara Czarniawska
Introduction to the Scandinavian Organizational Studies
P. 105–125

New Books

Vadim Radaev
Where the sociology has gone? About Sinyutin’s book of "Institucionalni podhod v economicheskoi sociologii"
P. 126–127

Research Projects

Ivan Karlinskiy
The Analysis of Social and Law Situation of Homeless in Modern Russia
P. 128–131

Zoya Hotkina
Behind that Side of Rights and Laws: Gender Segregation of Employment in the Informal Economics.
P. 132–134


Svetlana Abramova
Sociology of Money
P. 135–143


Oksana Sinyavskaya
The Сonference of New Economic School “Economics and Transition Economy”
P. 144–146

Tagir Kalimullin
How the Census of 2002 was Done: Participants’ Evaluations
P. 147–157

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