A tale of two Kazakhstans: Sources of political cleavage and conflict in the Post-Soviet Period

Barbara Junisbai

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Abstract

Departing from some prominent scholarship on Kazakhstani politics, the author argues that competition between financial-industrial groups over scarce economic and political resources-rather than inter-clan or centre-periphery rivalries-largely determines who gets what, when and how. While clan politics and regional grievances may still influence struggles over the distribution of power and wealth, their importance has diminished in recent years. Instead, observable political conflict has centred around competing financial-industrial groups, which represent the diverse, and at times clashing, interests of Kazakhstan's business and political elites.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)235-269
Number of pages35
JournalEurope - Asia Studies
Volume62
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics and Econometrics

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