Legitimacy and Legitimation in Central Asia: cases of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan

Isaacs, Rico and Du Boulay, Sofya (2019) Legitimacy and Legitimation in Central Asia: cases of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan. In: Theorizing Central Asian Politics: The State, Ideology and Power. International Political Theory Series . Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN UNSPECIFIED

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Abstract

This chapter brings to bear what Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan can explain with regard to the concepts
of legitimacy and legitimation in authoritarianism. It argues how legitimation should be understood as a
series of claims by the regime regarding their appropriateness to rule which are then transformed
through social action which then produces legitimacy. The chapter challenges contemporary theorisation
of legitimation in the post-Soviet space, which disaggregates the process too far, failing to address the
overlapping and interdependent nature of legitimising claims. Instead, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan
demonstrate how authoritarian regimes can rely on a combination of charismatic, traditional and legalrational
claims to evoke legitimation, but that ultimately, we can never truly know the extent to which
broader society believes in the legitimacy of these regimes.

Keywords:Political Theory, Legitimation, Central Asia
Subjects:L Social studies > L200 Politics
L Social studies > L243 Politics of a specific country/region
L Social studies > L260 Comparative Politics
L Social studies > L240 International Politics
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:37040
Deposited On:16 Sep 2019 10:27

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