Russian matrix genesis in the context of the general institutional processes

Bessonova O.E.

Dr. Sci. (Econ.), Leading Researcher, Institute of Economics and Industrial Engineering, Siberian Branch RAS, Novosibirsk, Russia

ID of the Article: 5788

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Bessonova O.E. Russian matrix genesis in the context of the general institutional processes. Sotsiologicheskie issledovaniya [Sociological Studies]. 2015. No 10. P. 64-73


The paper presents an outline of integrated-institutional paradigm in which market and razdatok are regarded as universal and necessary methods of economic coordination as, arguably, general trajectory of institutional evolution in the context of social order. Idea is formulated of the Russian matrix via a cyclic shift of three historical models based on razdatok as institutional core and market playing a subordinate role. The Razdatok economy is an economic system in which non-market factors dominate – supported by market mechanisms; allocation of resources and the products proceeds in the form of distributing wealth and rights in exchange for delivery Contents. Summaries 173 in form of products or service. Razdatok institutional core comprises socio-service property, relationships of the delivery-distribution, complaints and petitioning as feedback mechanism, and service work. Retail trade and private enterprise are here compensatory. Current crisis in Russian society is associated with depletion of quasi-market model in the transformation phase. Quasimarkets differ from classical markets in that they rely on buy-and-sell (exchange) mechanisms. While classical market is driven by the interests of entrepreneurs and consumers, the quasimarket relies on entrepreneurship to serve interests of power structures. It is shown that through integration of market and razdatok institutions evolution formed “contract razdatok” – a new type of institutional system both in relation to transfer economy of the Soviet Union and post-Soviet quasi-market.

market; razdatok; quasi-market model; transition economics; institutional matrix; integrated-institutional paradigm
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