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Property Rights in Post-Soviet Russia
Violence, Corruption, and the Demand for Law

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  • Date Published: May 2017
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107153967

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  • The effectiveness of property rights - and the rule of law more broadly - is often depicted as depending primarily on rulers' 'supply' of legal institutions. Yet the crucial importance of private sector 'demand' for law is frequently overlooked. This book develops a novel framework that unpacks the demand for law in Russia, building on an original enterprise survey as well as extensive interviews with lawyers, firms, and private security agencies. By tracing the evolution of firms' reliance on violence, corruption, and law over the two decades following the Soviet Union's collapse, the book clarifies why firms in various contexts may turn to law for property rights protection, even if legal institutions remain ineffective or corrupt. The author's detailed demand-side analysis of property rights draws attention to the extensive role that law plays in the Russian business world, contrary to frequent depictions of Russia as lawless.

    • The combination of in-depth qualitative methods and rigorous statistical analyses will appeal to a wide variety of readers
    • Readers will find extensive details about Russian firms' use of violence and corruption, particularly in the 1990s, but will also be surprised to learn about law's increasingly prominent role in contemporary Russia
    • Offers a novel framework for understanding the security of property rights, providing a new understanding of how property rights depend on private sector 'demand' for law, not just rulers' 'supply' of legal institutions
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    'When do firms turn from private enforcers to the state to protect their property? Jordan Gans-Morse takes up this central question in political economy in his study of the evolution of strategies to strengthen property rights in contemporary Russia. Focusing on the demand-side determinants of firm strategies, he deftly depicts how strategic interaction among firms, the concentration of ownership, and market conditions shape decisions to turn to the state for protection. This is an excellent contribution to the growing literature on property rights in comparative politics.' Timothy Frye, Chair, Department of Political Science, Columbia University, New York

    'Organized crime, business-state relations, post-communist legal development - Jordan Gans-Morse’s brilliant Property Rights in Post-Soviet Russia ties it all together. Read this book and find out why Russia today is so different from Russia in the 1990s.' Scott Gehlbach, University of Wisconsin, Madison

    'When do firms rely on violence to enforce contracts? And why would they turn to the law, even when it does not work? Jordan Gans-Morse’s book is a fascinating, clear and compelling answer to these timely puzzles. Bringing in a wealth of diverse evidence, he argues the firms’ counterfactual thinking and beliefs about the barriers to using the law lie at the heart of their decision-making. The implications for the study of property rights, institutional formation, and state capacity are enormous.' Anna Grzymala-Busse, Michelle and Kevin Douglas Professor of International Studies Department of Political Science, Stanford University, California

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107153967
    • dimensions: 236 x 160 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.6kg
    • contains: 23 b/w illus. 21 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Violence, corruption, and demand for law
    2. Institutional supply and demand
    3. The evolution of firm strategies
    4. The role of state legal capacity
    5. Demand-side barriers to the use of legal strategies
    6. The effectiveness of illegal strategies
    7. Variation in strategies across firms
    8. Firms, states, and the rule of law in comparative perspective.

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    Jordan Gans-Morse, Northwestern University, Illinois
    Jordan Gans-Morse is an assistant professor of political science at Northwestern University, Illinois. His articles have appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, American Political Science Review, Comparative Political Studies, Post-Soviet Affairs, Problems of Post-Communism, and Studies in International Comparative Development. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and the American Bar Foundation. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley.

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