Professional Bodies and the Regulation of Four Key Professions in Post-Apartheid South Africa
This paper makes empirical claims about how professional bodies are changing the historical patterns of these professions’ demographics. Second, we claim that professional bodies may experience unique challenges in a developing state context, chief of which is balancing the need of the State to ‘massify’ the production of certain professions with the professional bodies goals of controlling access to these professions. This is particularly apposite for medical doctors for example.
These claims are an outcome of an exploratory qualitative case study of four professional bodies in South Africa. In-depth interviews were the main data collection tools. Interview data was triangulated with documentary data and labour market statistics. The process of data analysis was iterative with transcripts and documents coded for themes. The paper ends with some implications for the ways in which we theorise professional regulation in a developing state context as well as suggestive policy implications.