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May
24
Thu
2018
“Paradoxes of Legitimation”: Authoritarianism(s) in modern Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan
May 24 @ 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Sofya Omarova,
Ph.D. candidate in International Politics and Sociology
Department of Social Sciences
Oxford Brookes University

This presentation seeks to explore the concepts of legitimacy and legitimation and how they relate to regime self-legitimation in Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan. Legitimation and legitimacy in authoritarian contexts needs to be understood as a three-part process. The first concerns ‘inputs’: the narratives, discourses and claims of legitimation on behalf of the regime. The second aspect is the process of legitimation: the ways in which actors use and apply these claims in relation to a broader society. Finally, there are ‘outputs’: the extent to which the application of claims about the right to rule is ‘believed’ by the population. It is impossible to make generalized claims about the extent to which citizens in authoritarian states believe in the legitimacy of rulers because it is very difficult to discern genuine beliefs in such closed political contexts. Thus, the main focus is on conceptualizing authoritarian claims of self-legitimation.

The presentation is based on an upcoming book chapter from “Theorizing Central Asia” (Palgrave Macmillan), co-authored with Dr. Rico Isaacs (Reader in Politics, Oxford Brookes University).

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Jun
11
Mon
2018
BISHKEK: Joint Conference “Integration Processes and State Interests in Eurasia
Jun 11 all-day
BISHKEK: Joint Conference "Integration Processes and State Interests in Eurasia @ American University in Central Asia

 Joint Conference of the American University of Central Asia and The George Washington University, Central Asian Program with support from United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Integration Processes and State Interests in Eurasia

Venue:

American University in Central Asia

Tokombaev St. 7/6, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic

Room 440 (CH-1)

June 11, 2018 (Monday)

 

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