Who demands collective action in an imperfect institutional environment? A case study of the profession of advocates in Russia
We analyse the profession of criminal defence lawyers (“advocates”) in Russia to understand their potential for collective action in an imperfect institutional environment. In 2013, we conducted a survey of 372 advocates in 9 regions of Russia. The following two main hypotheses are tested: (1) lawyers with strong ethical values have a higher demand for collective action; and (2) the negative experience of clients' rights violations by law enforcement officers can motivate advocates to support the foundation of a strong professional association. We suggest that an advocate's profession with bona fide members at the core could be an instrument to evaluate and to improve the quality of law enforcement in Russia.
Recently, the name of Boris Georgievich Menshagin (1902-1984), an interesting person with a unique fate, is increasingly found in historiography. A successful Smolensk lawyer in the pre-war years, the burgomaster of Smolensk and Bobruisk during the summer German occupation, sentenced for this to 25 years in prison, the author of interesting historical testimonies left both during the investigation and in prison, and upon release. Written memoirs, audio interviews, and Menshagin’s letters form the core of the book and, together with a selection of unique documents, are a monument to the era and a true treasure for the historian, first of all, for the researcher of the German occupation regime in the USSR and Soviet collaboration.
City planning is a means for determining policy, appropriate policy in a democracy is determined through political debate. The right course of action is always a matter of choice, never of fact. Planners should engage in the political process as advocates of the interests of government and other groups. Intelligent choice about public policy would be aided if different political, social, and economic interests produced city plans. Plural plans rather than a single agency plan should be presented to the public. Politicizing the planning process requires that the planning function be located in either or both the executive and legislative branches and the scope of planning be broadened to include all areas of interest to the public.
The article reveals the issues of advocate’s activity in criminal procedure; considers the basic ethic problems — accept of assignment, alternative defense, conflicts defense. The article analyses the provisions of the Code of Professional Ethics, opinions of some researchers, provisions of legislation; the article also touches upon the issues of general ethics.
We address the external effects on public sector efficiency measures acquired using Data Envelopment Analysis. We use the health care system in Russian regions in 2011 to evaluate modern approaches to accounting for external effects. We propose a promising method of correcting DEA efficiency measures. Despite the multiple advantages DEA offers, the usage of this approach carries with it a number of methodological difficulties. Accounting for multiple factors of efficiency calls for more complex methods, among which the most promising are DMU clustering and calculating local production possibility frontiers. Using regression models for estimate correction requires further study due to possible systematic errors during estimation. A mixture of data correction and DMU clustering together with multi-stage DEA seems most promising at the moment. Analyzing several stages of transforming society’s resources into social welfare will allow for picking out the weak points in a state agency’s work.