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The Autocratic Middle ClassHow State Dependency Reduces the Demand for Democracy$
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Bryn Rosenfeld

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780691192185

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691192185.001.0001

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Aligning the Middle Class with Autocracy: Rhetoric and Practice

Aligning the Middle Class with Autocracy: Rhetoric and Practice

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The Autocratic Middle Class

Bryn Rosenfeld

Princeton University Press

This chapter studies the vocabulary and practice of state-led, middle-class growth in Kazakhstan, a Central Asian country whose post-independence development has been shaped by both Soviet legacies and the experience of its East Asian neighbors. It suggests how the argument about Kazakhstan might travel beyond the post-communist region and speak to newer modes of state capitalism. It also examines the discursive context in which fostering middle-class growth has become a priority of post-Soviet states. The chapter demonstrates that Kazakhstan's regime has self-consciously adopted a view of the symbolic and strategic importance of the middle-class as a guarantor of stability and source of societal mobilization. It illustrates the size and composition of the middle-class that has begun to emerge in post-independence Kazakhstan.

Keywords:   post-Soviet states, post-communist region, state capitalism, middle-class, post-independence development, Kazakhstan

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