Limits of a Post-Soviet State

How Informality Replaces, Renegotiates, and Reshapes Governance in Contemporary Ukraine

Abel Polese. Foreword by Colin Williams

ibidem Press

Limits of a Post-Soviet State

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Pub Date: June 2016

ISBN: 9783838208855

240 Pages

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Limits of a Post-Soviet State

How Informality Replaces, Renegotiates, and Reshapes Governance in Contemporary Ukraine

Abel Polese. Foreword by Colin Williams

ibidem Press

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. Informality also challenges the values imposed by power through attitudes and behaviors that take place "beyond" or "in spite of" the state.
Acknowledgements
Foreword, by Colin C. Williams
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 implementation
By way of conclusion: on current and further directions in informality research

About the Author

Abel Polese is a senior researcher at Dublin City University and Tallinn University.

Colin Williams is professor of public policy at the University of Sheffield.