Russia's Economy of Favours: Blat, Networking and Informal Exchange / Edition 1

Russia's Economy of Favours: Blat, Networking and Informal Exchange / Edition 1

by Alena V. Ledeneva
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521627435

ISBN-13: 9780521627436

Pub. Date: 08/28/1998

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book examines the little-known phenomenon of blat—the use of informal contacts and personal networks to obtain goods and services under the rationing that pervaded Soviet Russia. Alena Ledeneva analyzes the historical, socioeconomic and cultural aspects of blat, and explores its implications for post-Soviet Russia. The political and economic reforms

Overview

This book examines the little-known phenomenon of blat—the use of informal contacts and personal networks to obtain goods and services under the rationing that pervaded Soviet Russia. Alena Ledeneva analyzes the historical, socioeconomic and cultural aspects of blat, and explores its implications for post-Soviet Russia. The political and economic reforms introduced since the collapse of the Soviet Union have radically affected everyday practices, but an understanding of blat remains crucial for interpreting the social, economic and criminal problems that affect the development of a market economy in post-Soviet Russia.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521627436
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/28/1998
Series:
Cambridge Russian, Soviet and Post-Soviet Studies Series, #102
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

List of cartoons; List of figures and tables; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Blat: the unknown phenomenon; 2. Understanding blat; 3. The Soviet order: a view from within; 4. The use of personal networks; 5.Blat as a form of exchange: between gift and commodity; 6. Networking in the post-Soviet period; Appendix; Bibliography; Index.

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