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2008. Vol. 9. No. 3

Full text of the journal

Editor’s Foreword
P. 5–7


Teodor Shanin
"Soviet Sociology Looked Like Double-Humped Camel"
P. 8–16

New Texts

R Buaye, Eric Brousseau, Alain Caillé
Towards an Institutionalist Political Economy
P. 17–24

This is a manifest written by Alain Caille on the basis of the lecture series delivered in 2005 in Indonesia by the leading representatives of the non-orthodox French schools of economic thoughts.  Initially the text was written in English. Later on in 2007 they published a French version in La Revue du MAUSS. Soon the Spanish translation appeared. Other famous non-orthodox economists and economic sociologists joined this group of authors (RobertBoyer, EricBrousseau,Alain Caillé, Oliver Favereau), who signed the document.

Vadim Radaev
Economic Imperialists Attack! What Sociologists Should Do?
P. 25–32

Economists attack! The movement of economic imperialism comprises the systematic attempts of economic theory expansion into the nearby fields of social science. And this expansion is an indirect evidence for the internal crisis of economic theory [Guriev 2008]. Exit to external borders and revision of own assumptions go together in much sense supporting each other. But we believe that economists will manage to solve these problems themselves. We are interested in a different question: how should sociologists treat this situation. Remain calm and do nothing or to fight with “usurpers”? 

New Translations

Olav Velthuis
Symbolic Meanings of Prices: Constructing the Value of Contemporary Art in Amsterdam and New York Galleries
P. 33–59

The paper discusses the results of the sociological analysis of the price setting on the market of contemporary art. Basing on the in-depth interviews with art dealers in New-York and Amsterdam I focus on the two norms of pricing: the first one keeps the dealers from the price declining; the second impels them to set prices in accordance with the size (of the picture).  Relying on these norms I state that price setting is not only economic but also denominative act: despite impersonal business price connotations the actors manage to express a row of cognitive and cultural meanings. Economic theory of signals recognizes that prices have special meanings but reduces their role to the opportunities for getting profit. In humanitarian sciences on the contrary the price meanings have destroying effect. I follow sociological approach according to which the prices, their differences and changes express variety of meanings depending on artist’s reputation, social status of the dealers and the qualities of the art products that are for sale.  

Insight from the Regions

Natalya Glebovskaya
Network Privatization of Russian Science: Changes in the Practice of Knowledge and Technology Transferring
P. 60–75

The paper considers the changing practices of knowledge and technology transfer in Russian economy. One of key goals of the economic reforms was to accelerate the scientific and technological progress in account for the improvement of the interrelation between science and production. For this purpose the state suggested new formal institutions that better correspond to the market requirements. Institute of patents and license are among them. However the use of patent system came to be ineffective and the knowledge and technology transfer more often relies on informal relations raising as the result of scientists migration and set up of spin-off companies. Structural formations that provide the transfer of knowledge and technology has network character what leads to formation of more formalized inter-organizational relations. The share of the state companies in the field of research and development is still rather high but the border between private and social ownership in people beliefs is watering down. The process could be called network privatization of science. The research is base on the results of case-studies in the separate research organizations.

Debut Studies

Igor Chirikov
The Role of Internal Firm Processes and Structures in the Income Inequality Formation
P. 76–87

The paper deals with the different characteristics of organization and internal organizational processes that influence the income inequality formation. On the basis of the existing studies we found out that a number of organization’s characteristics (its size, growth, demographic characteristics, used technologies, trade unions and external environment) have direct impact on career mechanism and wage setting. Applying thesis by Granovetter about social embededness of economic action to the assessments and actions for career mobility within the firm give us the opportunity to understand better that logic of hierarchical functions, selection mechanisms and wage setting. 

Professional Reviews

Alexander Kurakin
The Series "Russian Overseas: Socio-Economic Thought"
P. 88–92

New Books

Svetlana Barsukova
Russian Informal Practices: Export Variant. The Book Review On: Ledeneva A.V. How Russia Really Works: The Informal Practices That Shaped Post-Soviet Politics and Business (Cornell University Press, 2006)
P. 93–100

Research Projects

The Change Of the Scales and Forms of Fighting With Pirate Products On the Russian Consumption Market
P. 101–103


Svetlana Avdasheva, Elena Kalmychkova, Roman Martusevich
The Policy of Competition Support
P. 104–124


IX International Conference “Economic Modernization and Globalisation” (the review of 3 sections)
P. 125–129

Summer School Of Institutional Analysis “Institutional Dynamics From The Point Of View Of Economists And Sociologists” (July 3–9, 2008)
P. 130–131

II Russian Summer School On Labour Economics For Researchers And Teachers (July 5–11, 2008)
P. 132

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