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Limits of a Post-Soviet State : How Informality Replaces, Renegotiates, and Reshapes Governance in Contemporary Ukraine.

Author: Abel Polese; Colin Williams
Publisher: Stuttgart : Columbia University Press, 2016.
Series: Soviet and post-Soviet politics and society.
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Though informed by case studies conducted in Ukraine, this book transcends its country-specific scope. It explains why informality in governance is not necessarily transitory or temporary but a constant in most political systems. The book discusses self-protective mechanisms, responses to incomplete or unfocused policy making, and strategies employed by individuals, classes, and communities to respond to unusual  Read more...
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Polese, Abel
Limits of a Post-Soviet State : How Informality Replaces, Renegotiates, and Reshapes Governance in Contemporary Ukraine
Stuttgart : Columbia University Press,c2016
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Abel Polese; Colin Williams
ISBN: 9783838268453 3838268458
OCLC Number: 952247163
Notes: Description based upon print version of record.
Description: 1 online resource (259 p.)
Contents: Intro; Table of Contents; Acknowledgements; Foreword; Introduction: where is informality?; Informality and the (welfare) state; Informality, borders and boundaries; Border crossing, petty trade and the role of informality in breaking artificial monopolies; Informality and grey areas: introducing the ""brift""; Informality between private and state initiative; The guest at the dining table: economic transitions and informal renegotiations of hospitality; Why bazaars are not wiped out by supermarkets: reflections on a possible bazaar economy New directions in informality studies? policy making and implementationBy way of conclusion: on current and further directions in informality research; How much of this book is about Ukraine?; What is informality?; Main themes of this book: (Over) Regulation and informality; 'In spite of the state' and 'beyond the state'; Morality, compliance Informality and the cubic watermelon paradigm; Cited works; 1 Introduction; 2 Welfare and the role of the state in post-socialism; 3 Individual agency and bottom-up welfare provision; 4 Reforms to the pension system from the bottom: Uzbekistan 5 Access (or lack thereof) to healthcare: Lithuania6 Welfare as childcare: Romania; 7 Conclusion; Cited works; 1 Redefining borders and their morality; 2 Scenes from a border; 3 A false bottom train; 4 Alternative ways of crossing; 5 Concluding remarks; Cited works; 1 Introduction: a running bazaar; 2 Hum, I am Sorry. . . Where is the Border?; 3 Smugglers or Traders?; 4 Do you have a Tomato? Scenes of ""Legal"" Corruption; 5 Conclusion; Cited works; 1 If I receive it, it is a gift. If I demand it, then it is a bribe.; 2 Informal payments and the role of the state; 3 Switching moralities 4 The academic 'moral code'5 'Survival techniques' of hospitals; 6 Concluding remarks; Cited works; 1 Introduction; 2 Informality and (lack of) Welfare; 3 Structure and agency in debates on informality; 4 Chernobyl; 5 Chernobyl Welfare; 6 Food and welfare; 7 Rejecting welfare and embracing place; 8 Conclusion; Cited works; 1 What's So Special about Eating? What All that Food Means; 2 What is Hospitality?; 3 Who is a Guest? Who is a Stranger?; 4 Step I: Entertaining the Host's Belly; 5 Food without Borders: The Dinner; 6 Discovering your Limits: Drinking 7 Final Reflections on Hospitality, Food and GuestsCited works; 1 Introduction: the role of bazaars in Odessa; 2 On the persistence of informal economic practices in the (post-Soviet) world; 3 The origins of bazaars in Odessa; 4 The morphology and function of bazaars of Odessa; 5 Post-1991 bazaars and their challenges; 6 The transformation of bazaars; 7 The future of bazaars in Odessa; Cited works; 1 Methodological considerations; 2 The context: evolution of language statuses in Ukraine; 3 Domesticating Ukrainian identities; 4 Concluding remarks; Cited works
Series Title: Soviet and post-Soviet politics and society.

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Though informed by case studies conducted in Ukraine, this book transcends its country-specific scope. It explains why informality in governance is not necessarily transitory or temporary but a constant in most political systems. The book discusses self-protective mechanisms, responses to incomplete or unfocused policy making, and strategies employed by individuals, classes, and communities to respond to unusual demands. The book argues that when state or company expectations exceed normative behavior, informal behavior continues to thrive. New tactics help cope with the reality of governance.

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