Liberal reform in an illiberal regime the creation of private property in Russia, 1906-1915
—Williams, Stephen F.

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.

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Hoover Institution Press publication
Hoover Institution Press publication ; no. 545
Hoover Institution Press publication ; no. 545.
1900 - 1999
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS -- Real Estate -- General.
Geschichte 1906-1915
Land reform -- Russia -- History -- 20th century.
Land reform.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- World -- European.
Peasants -- Russia -- History -- 20th century.
Right of property -- Russia -- History -- 20th century.
Right of property.
Stolypin, Petr Arkadevich, 1862-1911.
Stolypin, Petr Arkadʹevich, 1862-1911.
Столыпин, Петр Аркадьевич, 1862-1911.
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Stanford, Calif. : Hoover Institution Press, Stanford University, ©2006.
1 online resource (xii, 320 pages) : illustrations, map.
Includes bibliographical references (p. [271]-290) and index.
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Introduction. Reform from above ; Stolypin: the man behind the reforms ; This book's goals
Creating private property, dispersing power. The gist of the reforms ; Liberal democracy ; Property rights, civil society, and liberal democracy ; Transitions to liberal democracy ; Liberalizing property rights in tsarist Russia
The property rights to be reformed. Open fields ; Repartition ; Family v. individual tenure ; The costs of open fields, repartition, and family ownership ; Post-emancipation limits on exit, sale, or exchange ; Rule changes on the eve of the Stolypin reforms ; Sociology of the commune ; Attitudes toward law, property, and individual achievement
Peasant conditions on the eve of reform. Trends in agricultural productivity per capita ; Peasant landholdings ; Peasant and pomeshchik productivity ; Land and grain prices: the Peasant Land Bank ; Tax burdens ; A glimpse of peasant life
The politics of reform. Composition of the first Duma ; The pomeshchiki ; The SRs, the Trudoviki and other peasant representatives ; The Kadets ; Use of article 87 ; Collateral reforms
Overview of the reforms. Reform provisions: a rough cut ; The results of the reforms ; The flow of applications over time ; Regional variation ; Variations in size of holdings converted or consolidated
Purposes and pressure: issues of reform design. Red herrings ; "Administrative pressure" ; Biases in favor of title conversion and consolidation ; Title conversion as an impediment to consolidation ; Government insistence on form of consolidation ; Shortfalls in the rights granted
The long-term implications. Productivity ; Short-term social stress ; Peasant acceptance in perspective: reversal and re-reversal in the Revolution: Siberian zemleustroistvo ; Gains: the soft variables ; Stifling the new property rights ; Prospects for liberal democracy from an illiberal regime's voluntary steps toward liberalism ; Coda: privatization of Russian agricultural land today.
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