Clan Politics and Regime Transition in Central Asia by Kathleen Collins

By Kathleen Collins

Exploring the numerous roots of clans, and their political function and transformation throughout the Soviet and post-Soviet sessions, this quantity argues that clans are casual political actors serious to realizing neighborhood politics. It demonstrates that the Soviet method used to be a ways much less profitable in reworking and controlling critical Asian society by means of removing extended family identities, than has usually been assumed. Clans truly encouraged and limited the regime's political trajectory more and more, through the later Soviet and post-Soviet sessions, and made liberalizing political and financial reforms very tricky.

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2, no. 3 (April 1970), pp. 337–363; and Guillermo O’Donnell, Laurence Whitehead, and Philippe C. Schmitter, Transitions from Authoritarian Rule: Tentative Conclusions about Uncertain Democracies (Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1986). , Building Democratic Institutions: Party Systems in Latin America (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1995); and Juan J. Linz and Alfred Stepan, Problems of Democratic Transition and Consolidation: Southern Europe, South America, and Post-Communist Europe (Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996).

If the regime collapses, state collapse – “the total loss of the state’s coercive monopoly”64 – may well follow. ”67 Larry Diamond argues that this definition falls short of the 62 63 64 65 66 67 Guillermo O’Donnell, Lawrence Whitehead, and Philippe Schmitter, Transitions from Authoritarian Rule. Valerie Bunce, Subversive Institutions (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999), p. 11. , pp. 11–12. , Democracy and Development: Political Institutions and Well-being in the World, 1950–1990 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000), p.

P1: KAE 0521839505c01 20 CUNY020B/Collins 0 521 83950 5 December 8, 2005 13:21 Clan Politics and Regime Transition in Central Asia Political Trajectories: Regime Type and Regime Durability Some other definitions are in order. This study explains “political trajectories,” a term I use to capture the dynamic element of both the creation and institutionalization of a new regime type, and the collapse and disintegration of a regime and state. “Trajectory” thus refers to two elements of political order: the new regime type and regime durability.

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