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Property rights in context: privatization's legacy for corporate legality in Poland and Russia

Woodruff, David M. ORCID: 0000-0001-7503-8052 (2004) Property rights in context: privatization's legacy for corporate legality in Poland and Russia. Studies in Comparative International Development, 38 (4). pp. 82-108. ISSN 0039-3606

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In the first decade after the collapse of Communism, Russia became notorious for conflicts around corporate property and corporate governance. In Poland, such conflicts were far less frequent. This distinction, I argue, reflects the form of privatization in each country. In Poland, negotiation among potential shareholders and current enterprise stakeholders preceded privatization, whereas in Russia privatization procedures pitted these same groups against one another. The legacy of privatization in Russia expressed itself in long-running legal conflicts over the security of property rights. These developments highlight the importance of situational incentives to challenge or respect property rights, undermining various new-institutionalist arguments that link security of property rights primarily to the commitment and capacity of state bodies to enforce them, to the normative legitimacy of the law, or to coordination equilibria in a game-theoretic framework. The argument also enables a clarification of the political trajectory now leading to stronger corporate property rights in Russia.

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Additional Information: © 2004 Watson Institute for International Studies
Divisions: Government
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2008
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 00:16

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