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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Timothy Frye's "Property Rights and Property Wrongs" Published by Cambridge University Press

Timoth Frye (Marshall D. Shulman Professor of Post-Soviet Foreign Policy) is the author of Property Rights and Property Wrongs: How Power, Institutions, and Norms Shape Economic Conflict in Russia (Cambridge University Press, March 2017). 

Secure property rights are central to economic development and stable government, yet difficult to create. Relying on surveys in Russia from 2000 to 2012, Timothy Frye examines how political power, institutions, and norms shape property rights for firms. Through a series of simple survey experiments, Property Rights and Property Wrongs explores how political power, personal connections, elections, concerns for reputation, legal facts, and social norms influence property rights disputes from hostile corporate takeovers to debt collection to renationalization. This work argues that property rights in Russia are better seen as an evolving bargain between rulers and rightholders than as simply a reflection of economic transition, Russian culture, or a weak state. The result is a nuanced view of the political economy of Russia that contributes to central debates in economic development, comparative politics, and legal studies.

Cambridge University Press, 2017


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Kimberly Marten in Foreign Affairs and on NPR's "All Things Considered" on US-Russia relations and Rex Tillerson's Visit to Moscow

NPR's Ari Shapiro talked to Kimberly Marten (Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Political Science at Barnard College, and Director of the Harriman Institute's Program on U.S.-Russia Relations) ahead of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's visit to Moscow. Marten, who believes that cooperation with Russia is possible after the airstrike on Syria, stated that "Russia also has an incentive to try to find some cooperation so that Putin can come out of this with a win for his domestic population and demonstrate that he is an important and equal player with the United States and that the United States is taking him seriously by making this visit."
You can find the interview and transcript here. 
You can also read an opinion piece by Marten in Foreign Affairs, where she argues that the Tillerson visit "actually achieved some success."
Monday, April 10, 2017

Kimberly Marten on PBS Newshour

Kimberly Marten, Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Political Science at Barnard College, and Director of the Harriman Institute's Program on U.S.-Russia Relations, appeared on PBS Newshour with Hari Sreenivasan. She argued that, despite all the noise, the recent U.S. airstrikes on a Syrian government airbase are unlikely to damage U.S.-Russian relations.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Padma Desai to Receive Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters

Padma Desai, Gladys and Roland Harriman Professor Emerita of Comparative Economic Systems, will receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters at Columbia University Commencement on May 17, 2017. Desai is a leading scholar of the Soviet Union, Russia, and Transition Economies. She was a pioneering female student in economics at Harvard University and received her Ph.D. there in 1960. She came to Columbia in 1980 after spending time at Delhi University and at the Harvard Russian Research Center. Over the course of her academic career she has contributed a robust body of scholarship and commentary including 15 books and monographs and numerous articles. Desai held the Gladys and Roland Harriman Professorship with considerable distinction for over two decades until her retirement in 2014. She was President of the Association for Comparative Economic Studies in 2001.


Friday, April 7, 2017

Valentina Izmirlieva Receives Columbia Distinguished Faculty Award

Valentina Izmirlieva, Professor of Slavic Languages and Chair of the Department of Slavic Languages, is the recipient of the Columbia Distinguished Faculty Award (2016-17). The award was created in 2005, when University Trustee Emeritus Gerry Lenfest ('58 LAW, '09 HON) made a gift to the University to establish a new category of awards honoring exceptional teaching in the arts and sciences. The awards are given annually to faculty of unusual merit, across a range of professional activities--including scholarship, university citizenship, and professional involvement--with a primary emphasis on the instruction and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students.