The Informal Economy in Global Perspective

Varieties of Governance

  • Abel Polese
  • Colin C. Williams
  • Ioana A. Horodnic
  • Predrag Bejakovic

Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Abel Polese, Colin C. Williams, Ioana A. Horodnic, Predrag Bejakovic
    Pages 1-14
  3. Oksana Nezhyvenko, Philippe Adair
    Pages 75-96
  4. Adrian V. Horodnic, Colin C. Williams, Abel Polese, Adriana Zait, Liviu Oprea
    Pages 157-172
  5. Rogelio Varela Llamas, Ramón A. Castillo Ponce, Juan Manuel Ocegueda Hernández
    Pages 195-211
  6. Julia Schipperges, Milena Pavlova, Tetiana Stepurko, Paul Vincke, Wim Groot
    Pages 293-317
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 319-324

About this book


This book critically engages with how formal and informal mechanisms of governance are used across the world. Specifically, it analyzes how the governance mechanisms of formal institutions are questioned, challenged and renegotiated through informal institutions. Whilst there is an emerging body of scholarship focusing on informal practices, this is scattered across a number of disciplines. This edited collection, by contrast, fosters a dialogue on these issues, moving away from monodisciplinary and normative methodologies that view informal institutions and practices simply as temporary economic phenomena. In doing so, the authors provide a wider understanding of how governance is composed of both the formal and the informal, which complement each other but are also constantly in competition. This novel approach will appeal to social scientists, economists, policy-makers, practitioners, and anyone else willing to widen their understanding of how governance works.


Governance Development International Political Economy Informality State-society relations

Editors and affiliations

  • Abel Polese
    • 1
  • Colin C. Williams
    • 2
  • Ioana A. Horodnic
    • 3
  • Predrag Bejakovic
    • 4
  1. 1.Dublin City University, School of Law and GovernmentDublinIreland
  2. 2.University of Sheffield, Management SchoolSheffieldUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iași Faculty of Economics and Business AdministrationIașiRomania
  4. 4.Institute of Public FinanceZagrebCroatia

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