External Drivers of Institutional Change in Central Asia – Regional Integration Schemes and the Role of Russia and China
AbstractRussia and China are assumed to challenge democratization and to promote autocracy. In a first step, we analyze Central Asia as the most-likely case, considering both Russia and China as relevant external actors. We develop a concept for our analysis based on the different strategies of Russia (dominance) and China (doing-business) towards the region and present the results of a qualitative study of the main dimensions of autocracy promotion with respect to regional and bilateral schemes. In a second step, we extend a previous framework (Melnykovska and Schweickert 2011) and provide econometric evidence based on a panel of post-socialist countries. We show that bilateral schems are (still) more relevant for external influences in Central Asia and that (unintentionally) China’s doing-business approach may in fact promote institutional change. Arguably, democratization should not be a precondition for cooperation as in European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) but rather be promoted by sweeping economic cooperation incentives
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Kiel Institute for the World Economy in its series Kiel Working Papers with number 1763.
Length: 38 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2012
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Central Asia; China; Russia; Governance; Regional Integration; Trade; Minorities; Military Threat;
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This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2012-03-28 (All new papers)
- NEP-CIS-2012-03-28 (Confederation of Independent States)
- NEP-CWA-2012-03-28 (Central & Western Asia)
- NEP-TRA-2012-03-28 (Transition Economics)
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