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Limits of a Post-Soviet State

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

Limits of a Post-Soviet State by Abel Polese
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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. Informality also challenges the values imposed by power through attitudes and behaviors that take place "beyond" or "in spite of" the state.
Columbia University Press; May 2016
240 pages; ISBN 9783838268453
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Title: Limits of a Post-Soviet State
Author: Abel Polese
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