The Political Economy of Reform in Central Asia: Uzbekistan Under Authoritarianism by Martin C. Spechler (Hardback, 2008)
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- DescriptionThis book examines the ecomic reforms and material progress made since the Central Asian republics became independent from the Soviet Union in 1991. Without some of the neo-liberal reforms recommended by the Washington Consensus and with an authoritarian presidency, Uzbekistan, the largest of these countries, has nevertheless achieved modest ecomic growth, stability, and a relatively impressive degree of income equality. The country has also preserved its ecomic and political independence from the great powers - Russia, China, and the USA - who are rivals for influence and energy in Central Asia. Human rights have been poorly enforced, though occasional thaws have also taken place. In second half of the book features a comparative analysis of four Central Asian states, all super-presidential authoritarianisms but with very different resource endowments and external commitments. A separate chapter deals with the energy resources of the region and the challenges of bringing oil and gas to the world market, and the question of whether Central Asian states will return to the Russian sphere of influence or seek closer ties with Asia or Europe is examined. The book concludes with prospects for future political and ecomic progress in the key Central Asian states.
- Author BiographyMartin C. Spechler is Professor of Economics, IUPUI, and affiliate of the Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center, Indiana University. He has worked as consultant and researcher for the Asian Development Bank, World Bank, Global Development Network, and USAID. Author of more than 100 articles, he is an editor of Comparative Economic Studies.
- Author(s)Martin C. Spechler
- PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd
- Date of Publication29/04/2008
- SubjectEconomics: Professional & General
- Series TitleCentral Asia Research Forum
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- Content Note9 black & white illustrations, 5 black & white tables, 3 black & white halftones, 6 black & white line drawings
- Weight362 g
- Width138 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine13 mm
- Format DetailsPaper over boards
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