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A Fresh Issue of Economic Sociology

A new issue of Economic Sociology European Newsletter has just been published (Volume 13, #2, 2012). This publication is dedicated to Russian research in economic sociology.

The Economic Sociology European Newsletter was founded in Amsterdam in 1999 at a conference of the European Sociological Association. Since then, the journal has become one of the most popular publications among economic sociologists (both in Europe and further afield). It is published in English and has over 1900 subscribers.

The first editor of the journal was Richard Swedberg – one of the founders of the European research network in economic sociology. Since then, thejournal has had a new editor every year. In 2011, this post was taken by Vadim Radaev, First Vice Rector of the HSE. At the suggestion of the journal’s founders, for the first ime in its existence, one of the issues has been dedicated solely to Russia and specifically to research in economic sociology of Russian informal economics – an area where Russian researchers are particularly strong. This issue includes papers by researchers from the HSE, the Institute of Law Application of the European University in Saint Petersburg, the Russian Academy of National Economy and the Academy of Public Service.

In this issue you will find research into how the shadow economy developed in the post-Soviet period, sociological studies of court practices, reasons for corruption in the police, why, despite economic failures and growth, informal employment continues growing in Russia, what can be found in the first widespread Russian survey of e-freelancers and how the informal economics of rural households in Russia have been studied.

The journal is supported by the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies and can be found at http://econsoc.mpifg.de.

Table of Contents

    • Note from the Editor
    • Informal Economy in Russia: A Brief Overview
      by Svetlana Barsukova and Vadim Radaev
    • How the Law Really Works:
      The New Sociology of Law in Russia
      by Aryna Dzmitryieva
    • Commercialization of Police and Shadow Economy:
      The Russian Case
      by Leonid Kosals and Anastasia Dubova
    • Informal Employment in Russia: Why is it so Sustainable?
      by Tatiana Karabchuk
    • Freelancers in Russia: Remote Work Patterns and E-Markets
      by Andrey Shevchuk and Denis Strebkov
    • Rural Informal Economy in Post-Soviet Russia
      by Alexander Nikulin
    • Book Reviews
    • Ph.D. Projects
  • Announcement

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