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

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

by Alena V. Ledeneva
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521621747

ISBN-13: 9780521621748

Pub. Date: 08/06/1998

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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

Overview

This book examines the little-known phenomenon of blat - the use of informal contacts and personal networks to obtain good and services under the rationing which pervaded Soviet Russia. Alena Ledeneva analyses the historical, socio-economic 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 which affect the development of a market economy in post-Soviet Russia.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521621748
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/06/1998
Series:
Cambridge Russian, Soviet and Post-Soviet Studies Series, #102
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(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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