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The Rule of Law and Economic Reform in Russia

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ISBN13: 9780813333144
ISBN: 0813333148
Published: January 1998
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Format: Paperback
Price: £27.99



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What impact has Russias chosen path of reform had on the development of law after the collapse of the communist regime? This collection of essays examines how Russias distinctive traditions of lawand lawlessnessare 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. }What impact has Russias chosen path of reform had on the development of law after the collapse of the communist regime? This collection of essays examines how Russias distinctive traditions of lawand lawlessnessare 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 Russias transition since 1991 into clearer perspective.;This book compares Russias legal tradition with the Western legal tradition; distinguishes Russias 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 Russias 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 Russias path toward economic and legal reform. }

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Contents:
Introduction: Progress, Pitfalls, Scenarios, and Lost Opportunities; (Jeffrey D. Sachs and Katharina Pistor. ); Autocracy and the Rule of Law in Russian Economic History; (Thomas C. Owen. ); Russian Legal Tradition and the Rule of Law; (Michael Newcity. ); Constitutions and Economic Reform in the Post-Communist Transitions; (Joel S. Hellman. ); Economic Causes of Crime in Russia; (Anders slund. ); Police, Secret Police, and Civil Authority; (J. Michael Waller. ); Contracting in the Shadow of the State: Private Arbitration Commissions in Russia; (Timothy Frye. ); Developing Commercial Law in Transition Economies: Examples from Hungary and Russia; (Cheryl W. Gray and Kathryn Hendley. ); Company Law and Corporate Governance in Russia; (K. Pistor.)