The strategic logics of professional justifications
This paper tries to contribute to the clarification of the problems concerning professional justifications from an ideal-typical point of view, which inevitably implies that it doesn’t deal with real problems and their solutions. The starting point is Freidsons (2001) idealtypical distinction between professionalism, market and bureaucracy. Abbotts (1988) analysis of professionalism will be used to convert Freidsons distinction of power into a distinction of expertise. By making use of Savornin Lohman & Raaff (2001) the distinction is extended by two more logics, the public and the private one. It will be shown that all five logics rest on different action values and that these differing values can cause serious misunderstandings concerning professional justifications.
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