From Leninism to Karimovism: Hegemony, Ideology and Authoritarian Legitimation

Post-Soviet Affairs, Vol. 19, No. 4, pp. 307-336, 2003

30 Pages Posted: 16 Nov 2008

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Andrew F. March

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Abstract

I examine the way in which President Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan has attempted to legitimate authoritarian rule since the transition from communism. A comparison is made between late-Soviet modes of authoritarian legitimation and those of the Karimov regime, and the success of the project at the conceptual level is examined. The article closes with a consideration of the implications of this study for evaluating Juan J. Linz's classical thesis on the relationship between authoritarianism and ideology and some general propositions on the structure of authoritarian legitimation.

Keywords: authoritarianism, legitimacy, Uzbekistan, ideology

Suggested Citation

March, Andrew F., From Leninism to Karimovism: Hegemony, Ideology and Authoritarian Legitimation. Post-Soviet Affairs, Vol. 19, No. 4, pp. 307-336, 2003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1300496

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