Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/52751
Authors: 
Wedel, Janine R.
Year of Publication: 
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
corruption
social capital
economies in transition
JEL: 
O17
P26
P33
Z13
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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