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Russia : Thoughts on the Privatization Debates a Decade Later

By Ellerman, David

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Title: Russia : Thoughts on the Privatization Debates a Decade Later  
Author: Ellerman, David
Language: English
Subject: Economics, Finance & business, World Bank.
Collections: Economics Publications Collection
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Publisher: The World Bank


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Progress has been made on this question recently in Hernando de Soto's new book The Mystery of Capital. Hernando de Soto did not just argue for formal property rights but for the formalization of de facto property rights. The idea is that people by using this property (formally but absentee owned by others) have developed certain capabilities and competencies. It is a form of empowerment (albeit using assets formally owned by others). The people have acquired certain de facto property rights which empower them to sow and reap. Any reform that would take away those de facto property rights (and the capabilities they represent) to assert absentee formal property rights would in fact be disempowering and anti-development. To promote market-driven development, the reforms should find out ways to formalize some approximation to those de facto rights so that the people then encounter the market and the underlying private property system as something that empowers them?rather than the opposite...


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