Negotiating welfare with the informalizing state: Formal and informal practices among engineers in post-Soviet Azerbaijan

Leyla Sayfutdinova*

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Abstract

This article discusses the use of informal practices in negotiating welfare with state institutions in Azerbaijan. One of the effects of transition to market economies in the post-socialist countries has been the partial withdrawal of the state from welfare provision and residualization of welfare. Recent research has shown that informal practices play an important role in "structuring welfare from below" (. Morris & Polese, 2014b) across post-socialist realm. Based on in-depth interviews with engineers at different periods of their careers, namely mid-career, working pensioners, and engineering students, this article demonstrates how formal and informal institutions and practices are strategically used by individuals, families, and low level bureaucrats to achieve desired career and welfare goals. Rather than compensating for the deficiencies of formal rules and institutions, formal and informal are intertwined and merged and are actively employed both by the citizens and state institutions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24-33
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Eurasian Studies
Volume6
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Keywords

  • Azerbaijan
  • Engineers
  • Informality
  • Post-socialism
  • Welfare

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