Informal Economies in Post-Socialist Spaces: Practices, Institutions and Networks

Jeremy Morris (Editor), Abel Polese (Editor)

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Informed by in-depth case studies focusing on a wide spectrum of micro and macro post-socialist realities from Lithuania to Kosovo, from Ukraine to China, this volume demonstrates the multi-faceted nature of informality and suggests that it is a widely diffused phenomenon, used at all levels of a society and by both winners and losers of post-socialist transition. In particular, by critically engaging with concepts such as bribery, nepotism and illegal transactions in general, the collection suggests that informality has a systemic reality not only at the micro but also, and more importantly, at the macro level. In an attempt to move beyond functionalist or structuralist perspectives, the authors propose that informality at the macro scale is an alternative way of responding to policy-making and that its reality must inform policy decisions.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages320
ISBN (Print)9781137483065
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2015


  • Sociology Work, Employment and Organizations Economics Regional and Comparative Economics Politics Russian and Post Soviet Politics Economic Sociology


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