Kazakhstan: Power and the Elite

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I.B.Tauris, Sep 17, 2005 - History - 202 pages
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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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Contents

The Context of Transition 19912001
14
Elites Careers and Institutions
38
Social Background
58
Elite Legitimation
77
Techniques of Power Maintenance
98
The Environment and Elite Behaviour
117
Conclusion
140
Note
161
Bibliography
181
Index
199
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Sally Cummings is the Department of Politics. School of Social and Political Studies, University of Edinburgh and as first UK Commercial Attache to Kazakhstan was able to develop contacts with many policy makers and the business community.

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