Explaining the Use of Russian Courts

52 Pages Posted: 18 Aug 2011

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Kathryn Hendley

University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School; University of Wisconsin - Madison - Department of Political Science

Date Written: August, 17 2011

Abstract

Russians' lack of trust in courts as an institution has been repeatedly documented through public opinion polling. Yet the caseload data show a steady increase in the use of courts by both individuals and firms in Russia. The paper investigates this puzzle through an analysis of survey data. The existing literature assumes that the lack of legitimacy of courts in Russia forestalls use. While confirming the societal disdain for courts, the analysis reveals that this attitude has little effect on behavior. Instead, the use of the courts is driven by a complicated mix of need and capacity. Two publicly-available datasets were used: the EBRD-World Bank Business Environment & Enterprise Performance Survey and the Russian Longitudinal Monitoring Survey, RLMS-HSE.

Keywords: Russia, Courts, Property Rights

JEL Classification: K41, D74, P26, P37

Suggested Citation

Hendley, Kathryn, Explaining the Use of Russian Courts (August, 17 2011). Univ. of Wisconsin Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1166, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1911424 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1911424

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