The Role of Lawyers in Social Changes in Developing Countries: Evidence from Russia

30 Pages Posted: 18 Nov 2016

See all articles by Andrei A. Yakovlev

Andrei A. Yakovlev

National Research University Higher School of Economics

Anton Kazun

National Research University Higher School of Economics

Daniil Sitkevich

National Research University Higher School of Economics (Moscow), Students

Date Written: November 18, 2016

Abstract

This paper reviews the activity of professional legal organizations as factors in the transfer from limited access order (LAO) to open access order (OAO) according to the theory of North, Wallis and Weingast. By analyzing the experience of lawyers’ collective action in developing countries, this paper proposes a decision tree explaining the process of the mobilization of the legal community to counter violations of the law by the ruling elite. It shows that this collective action plays a significant role in implementing the rule of law. However, the efficiency of such collective action in a particular country depends on the institutional capacity of its legal association and on the position of the professional elite leading it. The history of the development of Russian legal advocacy shows that exogenous shocks actually stimulate the collective action of lawyers, which in turn compels the government to respond.

Keywords: lawyer, professional elite, collective action, limited access orders, open access orders, professional mobilization

JEL Classification: K49, D71, L84

Suggested Citation

Yakovlev, Andrei A. and Kazun, Anton and Sitkevich, Daniil, The Role of Lawyers in Social Changes in Developing Countries: Evidence from Russia (November 18, 2016). Higher School of Economics Research Paper No. WP BRP 70/LAW/2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2871966 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2871966

Andrei A. Yakovlev

National Research University Higher School of Economics ( email )

Myasnitskaya street, 20
Moscow, Moscow 119017
Russia

Anton Kazun (Contact Author)

National Research University Higher School of Economics ( email )

Myasnitskaya street, 20
Moscow, Moscow 119017
Russia

Daniil Sitkevich

National Research University Higher School of Economics (Moscow), Students ( email )

Moscow
Russia

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