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…  See more details below

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
Introduction1
1Blat: the unknown commonplace11
2Understanding blat39
3The Soviet order: a view from within73
4The use of personal networks104
5Blat as a form of exchange: between gift and commodity139
6Networking in the post-Soviet period175
Appendix 1: list of respondents215
Appendix 2: interview topics219
Bibliography222
Index232

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