Looking for an examination copy?
If you are interested in the title for your course we can consider offering an examination copy. To register your interest please contact email@example.com providing details of the course you are teaching.
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.Read more
- 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
Reviews & endorsements
'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 YorkSee more reviews
'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
Not yet reviewed
Be the first to review
Review was not posted due to profanity×
- 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.
Find resources associated with this titleYour search for '' returned .
Type Name Unlocked * Format Size
This title is supported by one or more locked resources. Access to locked resources is granted exclusively by Cambridge University Press to instructors whose faculty status has been verified. To gain access to locked resources, instructors should sign in to or register for a Cambridge user account.
Please use locked resources responsibly and exercise your professional discretion when choosing how you share these materials with your students. Other instructors may wish to use locked resources for assessment purposes and their usefulness is undermined when the source files (for example, solution manuals or test banks) are shared online or via social networks.
Supplementary resources are subject to copyright. Instructors are permitted to view, print or download these resources for use in their teaching, but may not change them or use them for commercial gain.
If you are having problems accessing these resources please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sorry, this resource is locked
Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email email@example.comRegister Sign in
You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner www.ebooks.com. Please see the permission section of the www.ebooks.com catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.Continue ×