In Kazakhstan, the oil industry plays a crucial role in its
economic and political life due to the country's considerable oil
revenues and accompanying conflicting interests. As an arena of
political struggle, this industry provides a good test case for
uncovering regime maintenance techniques. This book examines the
ways in which the post-Soviet Kazakh regime has managed to sustain
itself in power, and the regime maintenance techniques it has used
in the process of establishing and upholding its position. It
scrutinizes the tools that the Kazakh regime employed in order to
bring the country's oil industry under its control and, while doing
so, shifts the emphasis from the prevalent zhuz-horde, tribe, and
clan-based approaches to Kazakh politics towards corporatism and
patron-client mechanisms of control.
Based on extensive field work in Kazakhstan and in-depth
interviews with high ranking representatives of companies working
in Kazakhstan's oil and gas industry, both local and foreign, the
National Oil Company and its subsidiaries, government agencies,
foreign diplomats, journalists and representatives of oppositional
parties and NGOs, this book provides a comprehensive study of the
issues of politics of oil and state-business relationships in
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