Property, Predation, and Protection: Piranha Capitalism in Russia and Ukraine

Property, Predation, and Protection: Piranha Capitalism in Russia and Ukraine

by Stanislav Markus

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Property, Predation, and Protection: Piranha Capitalism in Russia and Ukraine by Stanislav Markus

What threatens the property rights of business owners - and what makes these rights secure? This book transcends the conventional diagnosis of the issue in modern developing countries by moving beyond expropriation by the state ruler or by petty bureaucratic corruption. It identifies "agent predation" as a novel threat type, showing it to be particularly widespread and detrimental. The book also questions the orthodox prescription: institutionalized state commitment cannot secure property rights against agent predation. Instead, this volume argues that business actors can hold the predatory state agents accountable through firm-level alliances with foreign actors, labor, and local communities. Beyond securing ownership, such alliances promote rule of law in a rent-seeking society. Taking Russia and Ukraine between 2000 and 2012 as its empirical focus, the book advances these arguments by drawing on more than 150 qualitative interviews with business owners, policy makers, and bureaucrats, as well as an original large-N survey of firms.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781107459076
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/01/2017
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.59(d)

About the Author

Stanislav Markus is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago. His research has been published in World Politics, Socio-Economic Review, and Polity. He is the winner of the 2014 Gregory Luebbert Article Award for the best article in comparative politics awarded by the American Political Science Association. Professor Markus received the Academy Scholar award from the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, 2008� and 2011�2. He holds a PhD in government from Harvard University, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. Agent predation and secure ownership; 3. Not too petty: disorganized threats beyond corruption; 4. Minibeasts versus sovereign: ownership threats beyond 'the system'; 5. Commitment dissolved; 6. Firm stakeholders versus state predators; 7. Firm stakeholders and rule of law.

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