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A Troubled Path to Private Property: Agricultural Land Law in Russia

Lindsay, Ira (2010) A Troubled Path to Private Property: Agricultural Land Law in Russia Columbia Journal of European Law, 16 (2). pp. 261-302.

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When the Soviet Union collapsed, many observers hoped that decollectivization would improve the infamously inefficient Soviet agricultural sector and raise collective farm workers out of poverty. The initial results of market reform in Russian agriculture were a severe disappointment in both respects. Under Putin, Russia finally allowed agricultural land to be bought and sold. The effects of this latest reform neither met the expectations of its supporters nor realized the fears of its opponents. Russia's experience with land reform suggests that while private ownership of farmland may offer significant advantages, successful land reform requires much more than the creation of legal rights. This Article explores the role of property law in post-Soviet Russian agriculture and charts the development and effect of land markets in rural Russia, revealing broad implications for the effects of land privatization on agriculture, the barriers to creating well functioning land markets, and the significance of property law for economic development.

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Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Law
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Date : 2010
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Date Deposited : 12 Sep 2017 11:18
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