Clan politics and regime transition in central Asia

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages376
ISBN (Electronic)9780511510014
ISBN (Print)0521839505, 9780521839501
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006

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© Kathleen Collins 2006 and Cambridge University Press, 2009.


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