The Political Economy of Central Asia
Routledge – 2013 – 224 pages
Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Central Asian republics are still coming to terms with their post-communist economies, their role in the region and the wider world, and their needs for identity, governance and growth. The Political Economy of Central Asia is an original study addressing the processes by which these transitions take place.
The social, political and economic futures of these countries are affected by and will affect a wide region, spanning from Russia, the Caucasus and Iran to China and South Asia. This book addresses not only the reasons for the continued state of poverty and instability, but explains how the choices they are confronting will shape their ability to improve their societies.
Written clearly and concisely, this book will be an invaluable resource for undergraduates and scholars alike with an interest in studies of the region, studies of post-Soviet transition and of studies in economic transition generally.
1. Introduction: Transition and the Sources of Instability 2. Political Realities: How Power Operates in the Region 3. Exchange Regimes 4. Gold Mining: An Invisible Dragon 5. Oil and Gas: Concentration and Manipulation 6. Cotton: An Old Malaise and Approaching Environmental Catastrophe 7. Bazaars: Hubs of Entrepreneurship and Discontent 8. Conclusion: Learning from Political Economy and Oligopolistic Markets
Gül Berna Özcan is Senior Lecturer in European Business and Corporate Governance at Royal Holloway, University of London. Her research interests include small and medium-sized enterprises, entrepreneurship, governance and decentralisation, European business, political economy of Turkey and Southern Europe, Islam and business, corporate governance, transition economies of Central Asia and enterprise development.