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State-Building in Kazakhstan: Continuity and Transformation of Informal Institutions

 Author: Dina Sharipova  Category: Central Asia, Culture, Kazakhstan, Politics  Publisher: Lexington Books  Publication Date: 2018  Language: English  Link to Publisher

This study challenges the conventional wisdom that informal institutions—networks, clientelism, and connections— disappear in modern societies due to the processes of liberalization and industrialization. Using Kazakhstan as a case study, Sharipova shows that informal reciprocal institutions continue to play an important role in shaping people’s everyday lives.