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Clan Politics and Regime Transition in Central Asia

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  • Date Published: June 2009
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521114660

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  • Exploring the varied roots of clans, and their political role and transformation during the Soviet and post-Soviet periods, this volume argues that clans are informal political actors critical to understanding regional politics. It demonstrates that the Soviet system was far less successful in transforming and controlling Central Asian society by eradicating clan identities, than has often been assumed. Clans actually influenced and constrained the regime's political trajectory increasingly, during the later Soviet and post-Soviet periods, and made liberalizing political and economic reforms very difficult.

    • No other book explicitly offers an empirical and theoretical study of clans; this book also integrates a multi-case comparative approach
    • This book is the first major study of the Soviet and post-Soviet politics and regime transition/failed democratization in Central Asia
    • The book is based on many years of in-depth field research between 1994 and 2004, in both urban and rural Central Asia
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "The author is to be commended for seeking to reorient comparative politics toward the study of informal relations and politics and for her attention to Central Asia's pre-transition history. The book is stimulating."
    Sada Aksartova, Japanese Journal of Political Science

    "Clan Politics and Regime Transition in Central Asia is a stunning piece of scholarship on regime transformation. It is, by far, the best work to date on the dynamics of Central Asia's weak states. Collin's empirical research is impeccable and based on an array of sources gathered during three years of fieldwork. She buttresses every point, large and small, with on-the-ground interview material, ethnographic data, and well-considered secondary accounts. One can only hope that her attention to empirical detail will become the new standard among scholars of comparative politics. This is an empirically rich and theoretically stimulating book that deserves to be read adn deeply considered, by anyone who cares about Central Asia or the phenomenon of weak states." - Edward Schatz, University of Toronto The Russian Review

    "...should be welcomed by all scholars of contemporary Central Asia for their detailed and comparative description of the politics of independence in these three republics." --Marianne Kamp, University of Wyoming, Journal of Interdisciplinary History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521114660
    • length: 400 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus. 19 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of Tables and Figures
    Note on Transliteration
    1. An introduction to political development and transition in Central Asia
    2. Clan politics and regime transition in Central Asia: a framework for understanding politics in clan-based societies
    3. Colonialism to Stalinism: the dynamic between clans and the State
    4. The informal politics of Central Asia from Brezhnev through Gorbachev
    5. Transition from above or below? (1990–1991)
    6. Central Asia's transition (1991–1995)
    7. Central Asia's regime transformation (1995–2004): Part I
    8. Central Asia's regime transformation (1995–2004): Part II
    9. Positive and negative political trajectories in clan-based societies
    10. Conclusion

  • Author

    Kathleen Collins, University of Notre Dame, Indiana
    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.

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