Clan Politics and Regime Transition in Central Asia

Clan Politics and Regime Transition in Central Asia

by Kathleen Collins
     
 

This book is a study of the role of clan networks in Central Asia from the early twentieth century through 2004. Exploring the social, economic, and historical roots of clans, and their political role and political transformation in the Soviet and post-Soviet periods, this study argues that clans are informal political actors that are critical to understanding… See more details below

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This book is a study of the role of clan networks in Central Asia from the early twentieth century through 2004. Exploring the social, economic, and historical roots of clans, and their political role and political transformation in the Soviet and post-Soviet periods, this study argues that clans are informal political actors that are critical to understanding politics in this region. The book demonstrates that the Soviet system was far less successful in transforming and controlling Central Asian society, and in its policy of eradicating clan identities, than has often been assumed. Clans increasingly influenced and constrained the regime's political trajectory during the later Soviet and post-Soviet periods, making liberalizing political and economic reforms very difficult. In order to understand Central Asian politics and the region's economies today, scholars and policy makers must take into account the powerful role of these informal groups, how they adapt and change over time, and how they may constrain or undermine democratization in this strategic region.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521114660
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/25/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.91(d)

Meet the Author

Kathleen Collins is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame and Faculty Fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. She has published articles in World Politics, Comparative Politics, the Journal of Democracy, and several edited volumes. She has received grants from the MacArthur Foundation, the United States Institute for Peace, IREX, and the National Council for Russian, East European and Eurasian Research, among others. Dr Collins was named a Carnegie Scholar in 2003 for her research. She has been conducting research throughout Central Asia for eleven years, since 1994.

Table of Contents

1An introduction to political development and transition in Central Asia1
2Clan politics and regime transition in Central Asia : a framework for understanding politics in clan-based societies23
3Colonialism to Stalinism : the dynamic between clans and the state62
4The informal politics of Central Asia : from Brezhnev through Gorbachev102
5Transition from above or below? : (1990-1991)135
6Central Asia's transition (1991-1995)169
7Central Asia's regime transformation (1995-2004) : part I209
8Central Asia's regime transformation (1995-2004) : part II251
9Positive and negative political trajectories in clan-based societies298
10Conclusions331

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