By Alena V. Ledeneva
This booklet examines the little-known phenomenon of blat--the use of casual contacts and private networks to procure items and providers less than the rationing that pervaded Soviet Russia. Alena Ledeneva analyzes the ancient, socioeconomic and cultural points of blat, and explores its implications for post-Soviet Russia. The political and fiscal reforms brought because the cave in of the Soviet Union have substantially affected daily practices, yet an knowing of blat continues to be an important for analyzing the social, fiscal and legal difficulties that have an effect on the improvement of a industry financial system in post-Soviet Russia.
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