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Identifying a framework of institutional change in the field of higher education in Russia

Identifying a framework of institutional change in the field of higher education in Russia

Journal of Economic Regulation, , Vol. 6 (no. 2),

The paper focuses on the features of institutional change in the field of higher education in Russia. Institutional environment of Russian higher education is very dynamic, institutions change quickly; therefore, interactions between actors occur spontaneously rather than deliberately. The article aims at identifying relevant institutions, regulatory mechanisms, informal rules and practices that influence actors’ behavior in the field. The paper emphasizes the application of qualitative interpretative methods in examining actors’ behavior. Participant observation and questionnaires have been chosen as prevailing data collection methods. The results obtained through participant observation and questionnaires are intermediate, preceding the stage of semi-structured interviews.

Keywords: institutional change; institutions; higher education; qualitative methods

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