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Intra-professional status, maintenance failure, and the reformation of the Scottish civil justice system

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-234
Number of pages27
JournalResearch in the Sociology of Organizations
Early online date16 Dec 2016
Publication statusPublished - 2017


The Scottish civil justice system is undergoing its most substantive transformation in over 150 years. This reformation will create new judi- cial bodies, alter the jurisdictional reach of courts, and drastically unset- tle what has been, up to now, a highly stable institutional field. These changes have caused pronounced threats to the status of different groups of actors in the field. Our work examines the impact of these threats, and the varying responses among groups of professional actors. In so doing, we detail how intra-professional status differences and uncertainty hindered attempts to maintain threatened institutions.

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  • Institutional maintenance failure, institutional change , professional status

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