This volume offers the first systematic comparison of political change, leadership style and stability in Central Asia. The contributors, all leading international specialists on the region, offer focused case-studies of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, comparing how the regimes have further consolidated their power and resisted change.
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Acknowledgements List of Contributors 1. Introduction: Power Change in Central Asia 2. Empire's Aftermath: A Comparative Perspective 3. Neopatrimonialism and the Prospects for Democratization in Central Asia 4. Kazakhstan An Uneasy relationship: Power and Authority in the Nazarbaev Regime 5. Kyrgyzstan Akaev and Presidential Leadership 6. Tajikistan A President and his Rivals 7. Turkmenistan Saparmurat Niyazov's Inglorious Isolation 8. Uzbekistan: The Karimov Presidency: Tamerlane Revisited Index
'Power and Change in Central Asia represents an important contribution to the literature that addresses the issues.' - Asian Affairs