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Title:Clans, cliques, and captured states: Rethinking transition in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union PDF Logo
Authors:Wedel, Janine R.
Issue Date:2001
Series/Report no.:WIDER Discussion Papers // World Institute for Development Economics (UNU-WIDER) 2001/58
Abstract:Informal systems of relationships may be the most appropriate unit of analysis for understanding the patterns of development of many aspects of corruption, organized crime, markets, and the state. The lack of attention to informal systems can produce unanticipated and undesired outcomes in reform and foreign aid efforts. Focussing on economies in transition, this paper will (i) review pertinent literature on informal groups and networks and states since the fall of communism; (ii) discuss the applicability of conventional models to them; and (iii) examine the social organization of states and pose questions to help analyze and compare the role of informal systems in shaping states.
Subjects:informal social networks
social capital
economies in transition
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:WIDER Discussion Papers, United Nations University (UNU)

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