On the basis of the existing bibliography of anthropological studies of network interactions in Uzbekistani economy and politics, the author assesses the public issue of informal networks in governing positions, notably through the interaction between province hakims, district hakims, and shirkat managers. K. Wegerich analyses the network structures of two districts in the Khwarezm region. Examining two common assumptions (on the existence of network ties only between shirkat managers and district hakims, and of the systematic exchange by a newly appointed district hakim of the shirkat managers of his predecessor), his study confirms the strength of dyads compared to single network links. At the same time, money as transactional content also becomes more important than family and friendship ties, in a time when people in public positions are dependent on additional income.

The Redaction
CER: II-6.4.G-551