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Post-Socialist Entrepreneurs as New Economic Actors

The paper looks at some household strategies for business development from a local perspective in Russia, with an emphasis on how these relate to the survival and changes in institutions. The empirical material for the study was collected during her five visits to three communities in the one Russian region. In the literature on strategies and post-socialist transformations, a great deal of emphasis has been placed on how individuals and households have a role to play in shaping their own destinies. While many of these look at household strategies’ as a method of ‘survival’, ‘getting by’ or ‘coping’, and on whether households employ strategies at all (Walker 1998), others look at it as a method for improving the situation of households in post Soviet contexts (Wallace 2002). Hence, strategies may be seen as a response to opportunity than need (Pick-up & White 2003). One such new opportunity of reforms was that it became possible to start one’s own firm, something not possible for anyone in the Soviet system. Since the early 1990s individuals have used this opportunity, but a high general level of uncertainty have also encouraged strategies to develop businesses within households.

Friday 26 October 14.30-16:30 Panels IX, Panel 24 Ceres-panel 2: Post-Socialist Entrepreneurs as New Economic Actors (Hall 8)