Informal institutions in Azerbaijan: exploring the intricacies of tapsh

Aliyev, H. (2017) Informal institutions in Azerbaijan: exploring the intricacies of tapsh. Europe-Asia Studies, 69(4), pp. 594-613. (doi: 10.1080/09668136.2017.1329404)

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Research on informal aspects of the post-communist economy and political institutions has developed rapidly since the collapse of the Soviet Union. While there is no lack in research on informal practices in Russia and other Eastern European countries, comprehensive empirical investigations of informality in peripheral regions of the former Soviet Union—such as the Caucasus and Central Asia—are still rare. This article aims to fill this gap by providing an evidence-based empirical account of informal practices in post-Soviet Azerbaijan. Drawing its empirical data from a two-decade-long ethnographic participant observation carried out in various locales of Azerbaijan’s capital, Baku, this study offers nuanced insights into the hitherto unexplored informal practice of tapsh.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This work was supported by the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung (post-doctoral fellowship).
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Aliyev, Dr Huseyn
Authors: Aliyev, H.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Central and East European Studies
Journal Name:Europe-Asia Studies
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN (Online):1465-3427
Published Online:16 June 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 University of Glasgow
First Published:First published in Europe-Asia Studies 69(4): 594-613
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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