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Law and Informal Practices: The Post-Communist Experience

Denis J. Galligan and Marina Kurkchiyan


This book is a work in socio-legal studies, examining the functions and effectiveness of law in the countries of the former Soviet Union. As the transition away from communism enters its second decade, the countries involved are confronted by an apparent failure of law. Understanding the newly formed social order in which law is powerless is a challenge to the assumptions of western jurisprudence. The contributors to this book take up that challenge. Using the framework of contemporary theory, ten specialists in different aspects of social science analyse the status of post-communist law from ... More

Keywords: socio-legal studies, former Soviet Union, communism, social norms, human values, social order, legitimacy, legality, networking, intermediaries

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780199259366
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199259366.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Denis J. Galligan, editor
Professor of Socio-Legal Studies and Director of the Centre for Socio- Legal Studies, University of Oxford.

Marina Kurkchiyan, editor
Socio-Legal Research Fellow, Wolfson College, University of Oxford