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Hoover Institution Press Publication #545: Liberal Reform in an Illiberal Regime: The Creation of Private Property in Russia, 1906-1915

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When the Soviet Union fell in 1991, many speculated about the value of Russia's historical experience with market-oriented reform. Liberal Reform in an Illiberal Regime tells how, in 1906, on the eve of world war and cataclysmic revolution, the Russian government undertook perhaps the most sweeping "privatization" in history, radically changing the property rights regime faced by 90 million peasants.

Stephen F. Williams's examination of property rights reforms in Russia before the revolution reveals the advantages and pitfalls of that radical transformation toward liberal democracy at the initiative of a government that could not be described as either liberal or democratic.

As he sets out the key features of the changes, the author also explores the process of liberal reform. He raises key questions: Can truly liberal reform be established effectively from above, or must it be won from the bottom up, by forming groups that extract concessions from the state? Or is liberal democracy simply the product of exceptional historical circumstances and unlikely ever to be fully attained by much of the globe? Examining how the reforms affected productivity, he explores whether they actually aggravated social tensions, pushing Russia away from liberal democracy. And he looks at the pitfalls of top-down liberal reform: laws emerging from a legislative process that largely excludes the most-affected groups, unclear baseline rights, illiberalism, and the risk of half measures.

Book News Annotation:

The agricultural reform unleashed by Russian Prime Minister Petr Stolypin in 1906, which was aimed at the widespread privatization of peasant communal lands, was "reform in the direction of liberal democracy" in the estimation of Judge Williams (US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit) even if chosen and implemented by a Tsarist government that couldn't possibly be considered liberal or democratic. Applying the theoretical framework of the law-and- economics movement, particularly its focus on transaction costs, Williams analyzes the Stolypin reforms and its social and economic effects, suggesting that the lessons may be applicable to future efforts of illiberal regimes to institute liberal reforms.
Annotation 2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

The agricultural reform unleashed by Russian Prime Minister Petr Stolypin in 1906, which was aimed at the widespread privatization of peasant communal lands, was "reform in the direction of liberal democracy" in the estimation of Judge Williams (US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit) even if chosen and implemented by a Tsarist government that couldn't possibly be considered liberal or democratic. Applying the theoretical framework of the law-and- economics movement, particularly its focus on transaction costs, Williams analyzes the Stolypin reforms and its social and economic effects, suggesting that the lessons may be applicable to future efforts of illiberal regimes to institute liberal reforms. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

An examination of property rights reforms in Russia before the revolution reveals the advantages and pitfalls of liberal democracy in action—from a government that could be described as neither liberal nor democratic. The author analyzes whether truly liberal reform can be effectively established from above versus from the bottom up—or whether it is simply a product of exceptional historical circumstances.

About the Author

Judge Stephen F. Williams, a Harvard Law School graduate, worked in private practice and then served as an assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York in the 1960s. He taught at the University of Colorado School of Law until his appointment in 1986 to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780817947224
Author:
Williams, Stephen F.
Publisher:
Hoover Institution Press
Author:
Williams, Stephen
Subject:
History
Subject:
Economic History
Subject:
Peasantry
Subject:
Peasantry - Russia - History - 20th century
Subject:
Stolypin, Petr Arkad'evich
Subject:
Business-History and Biography
Subject:
Russia (pre & post Soviet Union)
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1st Edition
Series:
Hoover Institution Press Publication
Series Volume:
545
Publication Date:
20061031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
1 x 1 in

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