Kazakhstan: Power and the Elite
Kazakhstan is a major Central Asian state occupying a key geopolitical position in a region of huge interest to the West as well as to its potential superpower neighbors. External vulnerability is compounded by internal instability in a region of intense rivalry and a potential geopolitical flashpoint. This ground-breaking political study is within an historical framework and based not only on original official and academic material but, most importantly, on over 150 interviews with leaders of the national and regional elite.
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actors Akezhan Kazhegeldin akim Aliev Almaty analysis appointed Astana authoritarianism Balgimbaev career cent Central Asia central elite centre clan co-optation Communist Constitution cultural David Lane Deputy Dinamika dominated economic reform elite interviewed elite members elite system elite's ethnic Kazakhs example executive explained foreign policy formal groups Head Higley identity Imangali Tasmagambetov independence individuals influence institutions Karaganda Kazakh language Kazakhstani elite Kazakhstanskaia Pravda Kunaev language leaders legitimation majority Ministry Moscow multivector nomadic nomenklatura non-Kazakh non-titular Nurlan Nursultan Nazarbaev Olcott Olzhas Suleimenov panel of experts Panorama parliament parliamentary elections Party Pavlodar political elite population positions post-Soviet president presidential administration Prime Minister privatization recruitment regime regional administrations regional elites relations republic republic's Respubliki Kazakhstan rule Russian selectorate Sergei Tereshchenko Shymkent social background society Soviet period status steppe strategic structure sub-ethnic suggested Suleimenov technocrats traditional Uralsk Uzbekistan VIProblem Zhusupov zhuz