The State as Investment Market

Kyrgyzstan in Comparative Perspective

A superb study that fundamentally challenges our perception of the post-Soviet Central Asian state. Engvall's thesis is the most novel and convincing account of post-Soviet Kyrgyz state formation of the past decade.
Eric McGlinchey, George Mason University

Based on the case of Kyrgyzstan, while going well beyond it to elaborate a theory of the developing state that comprehends corruption as not merely criminal, but a type of market based on highly rational decisions made by the powerful individuals within, or connected to, the state.

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Johan Engvall

Johan Engvall is a research fellow at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI) and a nonresident research fellow of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute and Silk Road Studies Program, a joint Transatlantic Research and Policy Center affiliated with Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Washington, D.C. and the Stockholm-based Institute for Security and Development Policy (ISDP).

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Johan Engvall