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Order at the Bazaar: Power and Trade in Central Asia

Regine A. Spector


Over the past two decades, bazaars mushroomed in the new Central Asian states, where rule-of-law institutions are weak and corruption high. How did bazaars grow and thrive in such an inhospitable context? Order at the Bazaar answers this question through an analysis of bazaars in Kyrgyzstan. They are conceptualized as islands of order within a chaotic national context. The findings demonstrate that those at the bazaar, including traders, private land owners, and municipal officials, create order themselves in the absence of a coherent national government apparatus and bureaucratic state. Drawi ... More

Keywords: bazaar, Central Asia, politics, political science, trade, political economy, development, institutions, Kyrgyzstan, post-Soviet

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781501709326
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501709326.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Regine A. Spector, author
University of Massachusetts Amherst