Mapping the Power of Law Professors: The Role of Scientific and Social Capital

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ID Serval
serval:BIB_BBB5C49BC4BD
Type
Article: article d'un périodique ou d'un magazine.
Collection
Publications
Titre
Mapping the Power of Law Professors: The Role of Scientific and Social Capital
Périodique
Minerva
Auteur(s)
Bühlmann Felix, Benz Pierre, Mach André, Rossier Thierry
ISSN
0026-4695
1573-1871
Statut éditorial
Publié
Date de publication
12/09/2017
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
55
Numéro
4
Pages
509–531
Langue
anglais
Résumé
As a scientific discipline and profession, law has been for centuries at the heart of social and political power of many Western societies. Professors of law, as influential representatives of the profession, are important powerbrokers between academia, politics and the corporate world. Their influence is based on scientific reputation, institutional mandates inside and outside academia or privileged network connections with people in powerful positions. In this study, based on a full sample of all Swiss law professors in the years 1957, 1980 and 2000 (n = 311), we contrast two theories of the distribution of power among law professors: Bourdieu’s thesis on the trade-off between scientific reputation and (extra)-academic institutional power vs. the thesis of an opposition between a group of established incumbents and socio-demographically marginal challengers who try to gain access to the profession. We show that among Swiss law professors the endowment with scientific capital is not opposed to the possession of institutional power within (or outside) academia. Our findings reveal rather an opposition between a challenging group of professors devoid of resources and an incumbent fraction with a high amount of scientific, institutional and social capital alike. In the conclusion we discuss a series of explanations of this specific power structure, including the specific status scientific reputation and social capital can have for law professors.
Mots-clé
Law professors, Academic field, Scientific capital, Social capital, Scientific knowledge
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05/10/2017 15:25
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21/08/2019 6:15
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