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

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2002-04-29
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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The establishment of electoral systems in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan presents both a complex set of empirical puzzles and 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 these 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. Finally, 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.

Table of Contents

Tables and Figures
Note on Transliteration xiv
Acronyms xv
Acknowledgments xvii
The Continuity of Change: Old Formulas and New Institutions
Explaining Institutional Design in Transitional States: Beyond Structure Versus Agency
Sources of Continuity: The Soviet Legacy in Central Asia
Sources of Change: The Transitional, Context in Central Asia
Establishing an Electoral System in Kyrgyzstan: Rise of the Regions
Establishing an Electoral System in Uzbekistan: Revenge of the Center
Establishing an Electoral System in Kazakhstan: The Center's Rise and the Regions' Revenge
Institutional Change Through Continuity: Shifting Power and Prospects for Democracy
Appendix I Sample Interview Questions 280(3)
Appendix II Career Patterns of Regional Leaders in Soviet and Post-Soviet Central Asia 283(12)
References 295(14)
Index 309

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