The Institutional Persistence of Patrimonialism in the Kyrgyz Republic: Testing a Path Dependency (1991-2010)
Ruiz Ramas, Rubén (2013), The Institutional Persistence of Patrimonialism in the Kyrgyz Republic: Testing a Path Dependency (1991-2010), in Ahrens, Joachim and Hoen, Herman W.(eds), Institutional Reform in Central Asia: Politico-Economic Challenges, London: Routledge. 129-152.
Building on the literature of the historical institutionalism (HI), the chapter’s hypothesis stems on the persistence of a patrimonial communism (Kitschelt et al., 1999), as the main independent variable. That influence while not having prevented formal institutional change, has brought the real functioning of the Kyrgyz institutions closer to a modern neo-patrimonial regime (Eisenstadt 1978, Ilkhamov 2007), rather than in the direction of a liberal democratic one.