Reviews

This article provides us with a general overview of political developments in Kyrgyzstan from 1990 to 2005. Political élites are conceived as a collective agent and bearers of political change within the framework of power transfer from one élite to another. In this perspective, the author resorts to the Soviet understanding of political élites as a top management that regulates society. So doing, E. Nogoybaeva describes different processes of rotation and circulation within élites, but does not elaborate on the meaning of élites within the post-Soviet Kyrgyzstani context. At the same time she remains rather theoretical regarding the concept of political parties without giving explicit examples of the function and role of parties in Kyrgyzstan’s politics. In all, the article remains in a normative tone, denouncing the low level of political culture as the main reason for the political crisis in Kyrgyzstan. It unfortunately leaves untouched the issue of the conditions for democracy or authoritarianism within Kyrgyzstani society.

Asel Doolotkeldieva, University of Exeter
CER: II-7.4.D-660