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Commercialization of Police and Shadow Economy: The Russian Case

Economic sociology - The European electronic newsletter. 2012. Vol. 13. No. 2. P. 21-28.

In the text the authors analyze blurred boundaries between the legal and illegal markets taking an example of the shadow economic activities of police officers in Russia. Being a tool for maintaining law and order, in many transformation countries the police has turned into a powerful vehicle of institutional subversion. The authors summarize publications investigating police corruption and moonlighting in Russia as a socially embedded phenomenon. They reveal the fundamental reasons for commercialization of the police activity.