The informal economy and the informal state in Tatarstan, Russia

Leo Mccann*

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Presents a unique view of informality within the government of Tatarstan which challenges the notion that these forms can be dismissed as simply corruption. Focuses on interviews with investors and businessmen, showing how informality can be an important factor in the reproduction of elite classes. Limits the article to the unique dynamics of the transition from command economy to free market economy but provides resonance with the experiences of those who have worked in many third-world societies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-36
Number of pages32
JournalInternational Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
Issue number9-10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2000


  • Economy
  • Government
  • Informal markets
  • Russia

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