The Rule Of Law And Economic Reform In Russia / Edition 2

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Overview


What impact has Russia’s chosen path of reform had on the development of law after the collapse of the communist regime? This collection of essays examines how Russia’s distinctive traditions of law—and lawlessness—are shaping the current struggle for economic reform in the country. Nine renowned scholars, chosen from specialties in history, political science, law, and economics, expertly address the question.By drawing on the experiences of other transition countries and of developed market economies within the context of Russian history, these essays put Russia’s transition since 1991 into clearer perspective. This book compares Russia’s legal tradition with the Western legal tradition; distinguishes Russia’s progress in commercial law reform from that of other transition countries; and explores the politics of government as well as inside enterprises surrounding corporate law reform in prerevolutionary Russia, during perestroika, and during Russia’s ambitious mass privatization program.Using comparative data, the authors assess the impact on economic reform programs of highly centralized presidential constitutions versus parliamentary constitutions. The enormous challenge posed by mounting crime and corruption is analyzed, and the economic causes and possible remedies are discussed. As statutory law reform is only one element in legal reform, the book also explores the functioning of legal institutions, including the police, other public security forces, and private dispute settlement institutions.Jeffrey Sachs and Katharina Pistor provide a wide range of factual evidence and interpretations, which will greatly enhance the debate about Russia’s path toward economic and legal reform.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813333144
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/1997
  • Series: John M. Olin Critical Issues Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 228
  • Lexile: 1600L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 0.52 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Jeffrey D. Sachs is the director of the Harvard Institute for International Development (HIID) and the Galen L. Stone Professor of International Trade at Harvard University. He has served as an economic advisor to several governments in Latin America, Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, and Asia, including the Russian Federation, and has published widely on the transition to market economies in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, international financial markets, international macroeconomic policy coordination, and macroeconomic policies in developing and developed countries. Katharina Pistor is a research associate at HIID and a comparative lawyer. Her research and publications focus on comparative law with special emphasis on legal development in transition economies. Jeffrey D. Sachs is the director of the Harvard Institute for International Development (HIID) and the Galen L. Stone Professor of International Trade at Harvard University. He has served as an economic advisor to several governments in Latin America, Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, and Asia, including the Russian Federation, and has published widely on the transition to market economies in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, international financial markets, international macroeconomic policy coordination, and macroeconomic policies in developing and developed countries. Katharina Pistor is a research associate at HIID and a comparative lawyer. Her research and publications focus on comparative law with special emphasis on legal development in transition economies.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 Introduction: Progress, Pitfalls, Scenarios, and Lost Opportunities 1
2 Autocracy and the Rule of Law in Russian Economic History 23
3 Russian Legal Tradition and the Rule of Law 41
4 Constitutions and Economic Reform in the Post-Communist Transitions 55
5 Economic Causes of Crime in Russia 79
6 Police, Secret Police, and Civil Authority 95
7 Contracting in the Shadow of the State: Private Arbitration Commissions in Russia 123
8 Developing Commercial Law in Transition Economies: Examples from Hungary and Russia 139
9 Company Law and Corporate Governance in Russia 165
Bibliography 189
About the Contributors 203
About the Book and Editors 205
Index 207
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