Russia's Economy of Favours: Blat, Networking and Informal Exchangeby Alena V. Ledeneva
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 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.
- Cambridge University Press
- Publication date:
- Cambridge Russian, Soviet and Post-Soviet Studies Series, #102
- 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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