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The Corporation under Russian Law, 1800-1917 : A Study in Tsarist Economic Policy - Thomas C. Owen

The Corporation under Russian Law, 1800-1917

A Study in Tsarist Economic Policy

Hardcover Published: 26th April 1991
ISBN: 9780521391269
Number Of Pages: 262

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This study analyzes the legal framework imposed on corporations by the imperial Russian Government. It stresses the dual nature of the bureaucracy's policy toward modern capitalist enterprise: encouragement for the sake of economic development, and regimentation in the interest of maintaining autocratic control. By illuminating the political nature of the autocracy's economic agenda, Professor Owen seeks to explain why Russian corporate law became increasingly restrictive toward the end of the imperial period. Attention is also given to the practices of Russian capitalists, whose occasional abuses of corporate power justified restrictive laws in the eyes of officials.

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"This important work strikingly enumerates the obstacles to Russia's catching up with Europe in the six decades between the Crimean and First World Wars. Owen uses corporate law to make his point.This is an informative, even important book. Little, too little, has been written about Russian law before the Soviets. Owen's relating the law to economic development provides an insight on late tsarist-Soviet continuity." Albert J. Schmidt, Slavic Review "This excellent study of corporate law and bureaucratic politics draws copiously on the relevant governmental archives and trade associations' records, as well as Owen's statistcal profiles of the 4,439 (!) corporations chartered before 1914...As a substantial contribution to our knowledge of nineteenth-century Russian legal and corporate history, its analyses and intimations are particularly timely in the current period of renewed interest in corporate enterprise in Russia." Walter J. Gleason, Jr., History "This indispensable work provides a new starting point for the further study of tsarist and Soviet economic history. The extensive notes and bibliography alone constitute valuable research aids. And the book is not only relevant for scholars: lest they repeat the errors of their predecessors, Russian government officials should be required to read it immediately." Steven G. Marks, American Historical Review "Owen's work significantly contributes to our understanding of the little-studied areas of law and corporate organization in the Russian Empire." William G. Wagner, Russian Review "...a prime example of careful and thoughtful scholarship...Owen's study should be compulsory reading for all Russian officials caught up in the drafting of 'civilized' legislation for the Russian republic." Paul R. Gregory, Journal of Modern History

List of tables
Zakon (the law), 1800-1856
Birzhevaia goriachka (stock-exchange fever), 1856-1870
Proval reformy (the failure of reform), 1860-1874
Opeka (tutelage), 1865-1890
Proizvol (arbitary acts), 1880-1905
Bezobrazie (outrage), 1905-1914
Tupik (dead end), 1914-1917
Autocracy, corporate law, and the dilemma of cultural delay
Selected Bibliography
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ISBN: 9780521391269
ISBN-10: 0521391261
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 262
Published: 26th April 1991
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.52