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