Jul 17, 2022
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In addressing the question of the C Level Contact List functioning of society, the image I offered was that of a vast institutional structure created and controlled by the state, and of individuals operating not only within that structure, but in its interstices. In other C Level Contact List words, I wanted to reflect that in order to get what they needed for life, people had to take into account that official structure and use it voluntarily or involuntarily. For all kinds of things they C Level Contact List needed that structure: to obtain consumer goods, to ensure that children receive a proper education, etc. There they operated in the interstices through personalistic connections. It is important to stress the importance of the Soviet term ' blat' . Blat is a system of reciprocal exchange C Level Contact List of favors: I have the opportunity to do certain things for you because of my position; you, on the other hand, have other opportunities and can do other things for me. But it is not a raw C Level Contact List relationship that can be monetized and the counterpart does not have to C Level Contact List be immediate either. No, it is a continuous balance. In fact, in this economy of favors we consider ourselves friends, although to a certain extent it is an instrumental friendship. That way of operating, which I C Level Contact List became aware of because I was in the USSR in the 1960s and saw it first hand, was very important, in my opinion, from the beginning. It is interesting that in China, where the term «guānxi” to C Level Contact List define this kind of favor economy, the system is prevalent and many trace it back C Level Contact List to traditional Chinese roots. The truth is that there they have an institutional structure and similar responses, analogous ways of dealing with it and avoiding it in order to develop.