The ‘Tulip Revolution’ and the role of informal dynamics in Kyrgyz politics

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2011
Yandaş, Osman Gökhan
This dissertation aims to uncover the main parameters, the decisive dynamics within Kyrgyz politics not only through an examination of the socio-political context of post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan, but also through an analysis of the events that came to be known as the ‘Tulip Revolution’. It examines the general and immediate contexts, course of events, dynamics and implications of the ‘Tulip Revolution’ in order to understand what kind of dynamics account for the continuing instability in Kyrgyzstan in its aftermath. Despite a variety of factors can be considered as relevant, this study argues that the continuity in the decisive role of informal dynamics in shaping Kyrgyz politics accounts for the continuing instability in Kyrgyz politics. Bases of the informal dynamics are embedded in Kyrgyzstan’s historical context and they are strengthened by its transitional context; they played decisive roles in shaping the course of events during the ‘Tulip Revolution’ and their decisive role remained as such in its aftermath. Not only various developments in Bakiev era, but also the events that led to the end of it provide reinforcing evidence for such continuity. Hence, the ‘Tulip Revolution’ did not bring about an ‘impetus for democratization’, but indicated to an ‘impetus for the decisive role of informal dynamics’ in shaping Kyrgyz politics, which paves the way for the persistent instability in the country.
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O. G. Yandaş, “The ‘Tulip Revolution’ and the role of informal dynamics in Kyrgyz politics,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2011.