Below you will find terminated research projects that concern Kyrgyzstan.

Corruption and Anti-Corruption Policies in Eurasia

Duration: March 2012 - March 2014

Project leader: Johan Engvall | Project page

Project assessing anti-corruption policies under conditions of systemic corruption in Eurasia with special reference to the cases of Georgia after the Rose Revolution and the efforts to fight corruption in Kyrgyzstan after constitutional reforms in 2012. One part of the project is conducted in cooperation with the Institute of Developing Economies in Tokyo, Japan. Another part is supported by the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute – Silk Road Studies, Washington, DC and Stockholm.  

The state as investment market: corruption and the state

Duration: 2005 - 2011

Project leader: Johan Engvall | Project page

What type of state has emerged in post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan, and what kind of theoretical framework must we develop to understand its behavior and performance? This study argues that the logic of political and bureaucratic organization follows that of an investment market in which public offices are purchased with the expectation of yielding a favorable return. This theory represents a novel perspective on the post-communist state which has hitherto either been premised on modernization theory or emphasized a robustly personalistic logic of political organization.