Institutional Change and Political Continuity in Post-Soviet Central Asia: Power, Perceptions, and Pacts

Institutional Change and Political Continuity in Post-Soviet Central Asia: Power, Perceptions, and Pacts

by Pauline Jones Luong
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521066859

ISBN-13: 9780521066853

Pub. Date: 06/19/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The establishment of electoral systems in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan presents a complex set of empirical puzzles as well as a theoretical challenge. Why did three states with similar cultural, historical, and structural legacies establish such different electoral systems? How did these distinct outcomes result from strikingly similar institutional

Overview

The establishment of electoral systems in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan presents a complex set of empirical puzzles as well as a theoretical challenge. Why did three states with similar cultural, historical, and structural legacies establish such different electoral systems? How did these distinct outcomes result from strikingly similar institutional design processes? Explaining these puzzles requires understanding not only the outcome of institutional design but also the intricacies of the process that led to this outcome. Moreover, the transitional context in which the three states designed new electoral rules necessitates an approach that explicitly links process and outcome in a dynamic setting. This book provides such an approach. It depicts institutional design as a transitional bargaining game in which the dynamic interaction between the structural-historical and immediate-strategic contexts directly shapes actors' perceptions of shifts in their relative power, and hence, their bargaining strategies. Thus, it both builds on the key insights of the dominant approaches to explaining institutional origin and change and transcends these approaches by moving beyond the structure versus agency debate.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521066853
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/19/2008
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Tables and Figuresxi
Note on Transliterationxiv
Acronymsxv
Acknowledgmentsxvii
1The Continuity of Change: Old Formulas and New Institutions1
2Explaining Institutional Design in Transitional States: Beyond Structure Versus Agency25
3Sources of Continuity: the Soviet Legacy in Central Asia51
4Sources of Change: the Transitional Context in Central Asia102
5Establishing an Electoral System in Kyrgyzstan: Rise of the Regions156
6Establishing an Electoral System in Uzbekistan: Revenge of the Center189
7Establishing an Electoral System in Kazakhstan: the Center's Rise and the Regions' Revenge213
8Institutional Change Through Continuity: Shifting Power and Prospects for Democracy253
Appendix ISample Interview Questions280
Appendix IICareer Patterns of Regional Leaders in Soviet and Post-Soviet Central Asia283
References295
Index309

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