The Transformation of Central Asia: States and Societies from Soviet Rule to Independence by Pauline Jones LuongThe Transformation of Central Asia: States and Societies from Soviet Rule to Independence by Pauline Jones Luong

The Transformation of Central Asia: States and Societies from Soviet Rule to Independence

EditorPauline Jones Luong

Paperback | November 10, 2003

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With the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, former Communist Party leaders in Central Asia were faced with the daunting task of building states where they previously had not existed: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. Their task was complicated by the institutional and ideological legacy of the Soviet system as well as by a more actively engaged international community. These nascent states inherited a set of institutions that included bloated bureaucracies, centralized economic planning, and patronage networks. Some of these institutions survived, others have mutated, and new institutions have been created.

Experts on Central Asia here examine the emerging relationship between state actors and social forces in the region. Through the prism of local institutions, the authors reassess both our understanding of Central Asia and of the state-building process more broadly. They scrutinize a wide array of institutional actors, ranging from regional governments and neighborhood committees to transnational and non-governmental organizations. With original empirical research and theoretical insight, the volume's contributors illuminate an obscure but resource-rich and strategically significant region.

Pauline Jones Luong is Associate Professor of Political Science at Yale University. She is the author of Institutional Change and Political Continuity in Post-Soviet Central Asia: Power, Perceptions, and Pacts.
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Title:The Transformation of Central Asia: States and Societies from Soviet Rule to IndependenceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.72 inPublished:November 10, 2003Publisher:Cornell University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0801488427

ISBN - 13:9780801488429

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"The contributors to this volume compare state-building and state-society interactions in the five post-Soviet Central Asian states. In the process, they offer us some surprising and compelling insights about national, religious, gender, and regional identities in Central Asia; about political and economic relations between the center and the regions; and about the impact of the international system on the development of these states, societies, and economies. This story of a Soviet past that shapes politics, culture, and economics is a convincing one, because the scholars writing in this volume combine deep knowledge of the region with a commitment to comparative theory." - Valerie Bunce, Professor of Government and the Aaron J. Binenkorb Professor of International Studies, Cornell University