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Corruption, informality, and perception of justice in modern Russian society: based on the results of sociological research
Odintsov Alexander Vladimirovich

PhD in Sociology

Docent, the department of Philosophy and Sociology, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, Volgograd branch

400131, Russia, Volgograd, Gagarina Street 8

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The modern sociological research of corruption and information usually concentrate the attention on the scale of distribution of these phenomena and ways of overcoming. At the same time, the functions that they can realize in societies that are in transitional state (quasi-modern, estate, etc.) are being ignored. The author suggests to examine informality and corruption from the perspective of their role in support of the social order, which can be revealed through the concepts of “justification” and “justice”. The hypotheses were tested as result of the sociological research that consisted of two stages: qualitative (n=50) in form of in-depth interview, as well as quantitative (n=700) realized using CATI. During the course of this work, it was established that the perception of society as corrupted and the understanding of justification of corruption are in positive correlation. The hypothesis of S. Kordonsky on perception of the Russian society as the “estate society” with the distinct role of corruption in form of “rent-seeking behavior”, partially found its confirmation.

Keywords: social pathology, generalized trust, public opinion, informality, justice, trust, social order, corruption, network informality, post-Soviet society



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