How Russia Really Works

How Russia Really Works

During the Soviet era, blat—the use of personal networks for obtaining goods and services in short supply and for circumventing formal procedures—was necessary to compensate for the inefficiencies of socialism. The collapse of the Soviet Union produced a new generation of informal practices. In How Russia Really Works, Alena V. Ledeneva explores practices in politics, business, media, and the legal sphere in Russia in the 1990s—from the hiring of firms to create… (more)

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Publisher: Cornell University Press

Collection: Culture and Society after Socialism

Parent ISBN: 9780801443466

Page count: 288 pages

Language: English


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