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Book Talk | Owning the City: Property Rights in Authoritarian Regimes

Date & Time

Jan. 10, 2023
2:00pm – 3:00pm ET


Online Only


This event has been rescheduled from December 1, 2022, to January 10, 2023.

Guests must register via Zoom in order to receive the webinar info.

Competition between democratic and authoritarian systems is playing out in global cities, where real property rights influence regime legitimacy and economic performance. In this book talk, George F. Kennan Fellow Marsha McGraw Olive will present the analysis of her new book, Owning the City: Property Rights in Authoritarian Regimes. She will argue that globally successful cities achieve better outcomes by respecting property rights and putting citizens at the center of urban planning. Case studies of Moscow and Istanbul present a cautionary tale for Presidents Putin and Erdogan, whose manipulation of property rights, once fundamental to regime support, are a growing source of vulnerability. 

Hosted By

Kennan Institute

The Kennan Institute is the premier U.S. center for advanced research on Russia and Eurasia and the oldest and largest regional program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The Kennan Institute is committed to improving American understanding of Russia, Ukraine, Central Asia, the Caucasus, and the surrounding region though research and exchange.  Read more

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