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

February 15, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Speaker: Jordan Gans-Morse, Assistant Professor, Political Science, Northwestern University

The effectiveness of property rights — and the rule of law more broadly — is often depicted as depending primarily on rulers’ “supply” of legal institutions, overlooking the crucial importance of private sector “demand” for law. In this talk, based on his recent book Property Rights in Post-Soviet Russia: Violence, Corruption, and Demand for Law, Gans-Morse will unpack 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.

Jordan Gans-Morse conducts research on corruption, the rule of law, property rights, and political and economic transitions. He is the author of Property Rights in Post-Soviet Russia: Violence, Corruption, and Demand for Law (Cambridge University Press). Other recent publications have appeared or are forthcoming in the American Journal of Political Science, the American Political Science Review, Comparative Political Studies, Post-Soviet Affairs, Problems of Post-Communism, Studies in International Comparative Development, and World Development. He received his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in 2011.


February 15, 2018
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA)
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