Development in Kyrgyzstan : Failed State or Failed Statebuilding?

Wilkinson,C 2014, Development in Kyrgyzstan : Failed State or Failed Statebuilding?. In Ware, Anthony (ed), Development in difficult sociopolitical contexts, Palgrave Macmillan, Aukland, New Zealand, pp.137-162.

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Title Development in Kyrgyzstan : Failed State or Failed Statebuilding?
Author(s) Wilkinson,CORCID iD for Wilkinson,C
Title of book Development in difficult sociopolitical contexts
Editor(s) Ware, AnthonyORCID iD for Ware, Anthony
Publication date 2014
Series Rethinking International Development series
Chapter number 7
Total chapters 14
Start page 137
End page 162
Total pages 25
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Place of Publication Aukland, New Zealand
Summary This chapter examines the tensions present in approaches to development in Kyrgyzstan. It argues that development in this small post-Soviet republic has been approached primarily as formal statebuilding (Marquette & Beswick 2011), implying a belief that domestic political institutions and processes are the primary cause of fragility and that the adoption of democratic institutions and free market economic policies will result in development. The consequences of this inherently normative endeavour are explored in terms of the local political economy that has developed since independence and especially in the 2000s. Centrally, it is demonstrated how the competing interests and priorities of donors and local elite have undermined development efforts. On the basis of this analysis, it is suggested that rather than being framed as a failing or failed state, Kyrgyzstan is better understood as a case of failed statebuilding that cannot be remedied by the adoption of the current principles for development in fragile states situations, as adopted by the international community. Instead, the focus needs to be on facilitating the rebuilding of state-society relations both locally and internationally with a view to beginning to check the marketization of the state that has occurred.
ISBN 9781137347626
Language eng
Indigenous content off
Field of Research 160607 International Relations
Socio Economic Objective 940304 International Political Economy (excl. International Trade)
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
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