Theorizing Central Asian Politics

The State, Ideology and Power

  • Rico Isaacs
  • Alessandro Frigerio

Part of the International Political Theory book series (IPoT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Rico Isaacs, Alessandro Frigerio
    Pages 1-13
  3. Exploring Models of Governance

  4. Revealing Ideological Justifications

  5. Reframing State and Order

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 313-319

About this book


This book brings together a series of innovative contributions which provide an eclectic view of how theorizing politics plays out in Central Asia. How are the concepts of governance, legitimacy, ideology, power, order, and the state framed in the region? How can we use the experiences of the Central Asian states to renovate political theorizing? In addressing these questions, the volume relies on the contributions of many young and local researchers, whose chapters are primed to address three key themes: exploring models of governance, revealing ideological justifications, and reframing state and order. Utilizing a range of single and comparative case studies from across the Central Asian space, this illuminating and original volume opens up a new space for political theorists, regional specialists and students of politics to begin reconsidering how we approach the theorization of regions of the world assumed to be on the periphery.


Political Theory and Central Asia Legitimacy Kazakhstan Neopatrimonial Capitalism Rawlsian Liberalism Rationalistic Maturidi Islam Islam and Central Asia Post-Soviet State Identity Central Asian International Society Domestic Anarchism Kazakhstan

Editors and affiliations

  • Rico Isaacs
    • 1
  • Alessandro Frigerio
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Social SciencesOxford Brookes UniversityOxfordUK
  2. 2.Almaty Management UniversityAlmatyKazakhstan

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