Front Cover

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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 2-7

Contents

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pp. 8-9

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Preface

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pp. ix-xvi

Mine is not the first study of post-Soviet Central Asian politics. I have benefited greatly from first-generation comparativists who blazed paths intellectually and, no less important...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-16

Journalist Alisher Saipov left his office just before sunset. On a typical day he would be back at his laptop, drinking coffee to the ping of instant messages well into the early morning...

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Chapter 1. A Post-transitions Research Agenda for the Study of Authoritarianism

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pp. 17-47

I left an October 2009 U.S. government conference on democracy assistance in Central Asia with two thoughts: policy makers and academics have developed a sophisticated conceptualization...

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Chapter 2. The Soviet Origins of Post-Soviet Autocratic Variation

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pp. 48-79

Central to understanding the diverging paths of Kazakh, Kyrgyz, and Uzbek authoritarianism are the differing legacies of the perestroika period. In the framing of this book’s causal...

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Chapter 3. Kyrgyz Chaos

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pp. 80-113

Familiarity with diverging Kazakh, Kyrgyz, and Uzbek elite institutions and the perestroika legacy model should have proved sufficient for anyone assessing the Central Asian political landscape in December 1991 to anticipate that politics in Kyrgyzstan...

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Chapter 4. Uzbek Violence

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pp. 114-146

Uzbekistan at first glance appears politically stable. In contrast to the elite turmoil in Kyrgyzstan, Uzbek elites thus far have proven remarkably deferential to President Islam Karimov...

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Chapter 5. Kazakh Dynasty

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pp. 147-164

The Kazakh case, similar to the Uzbek and Kyrgyz cases, closely conforms to what the perestroika legacy model predicts. Kazakh president Nursultan Nazarbaev, thanks to Gorbachev’s...

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Conclusion

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pp. 165-172

We began with the following questions: Why do Central Asian states with similar pasts exhibit dissimilar post-Soviet outcomes? Why is Uzbek politics violent? Why is Kyrgyz politics chaotic? Why, in contrast, is the only real threat to enduring Kazakh stability...

Notes

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pp. 173-196

Bibliography

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pp. 197-208

Index

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pp. 209-216

Back Cover

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pp. 217-217