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The Struggle for Civil Society in Central Asia: Crisis and Transformation

Charles Buxton
The Struggle for Civil Society in Central Asia: Crisis and Transformation
ISBN: 978-1-56549-300-1
ISBN: 978-1-56549-299-8
2011/238 pages/LC: 2010034271
Kumarian Press Book

"For those familiar with Central Asia and interested in civil society development, this book is a must have. Based on 15 years of experience, it offers both historical context and informative case studies.... Buxton's work is well-researched, and he succeeds in straddling the academic and practitioner worlds."—Choice

"Charles Buxton has written the first comprehensive primer on the emergence and role of civil society organizations in Central Asia to date. It is essential reading for anyone interested not only in the future of this region, but also in the development of civil society and its potential to affect change in undemocratic settings."—Pauline Jones Luong, Brown University

"A refreshingly accessible perspective on civil society from an intellectual/practitioner. It illuminates the idea of civil society, but is also deeply informative on its context and potential in the Central Asian region."—Jenny Pearce, University of Bradford


Charles Buxton traces the gradual establishment of the civil society sector in the five former Soviet republics of Central Asia, countries that find themselves today negotiating a complicated path between capitalist and socialist systems.


Charles Buxton is a senior capacity-building specialist with the International NGO Training and Research Centre (INTRAC), serving at present in Kyrgyzstan as program manager for the Central Asian region.


  • The 1990s: The Formation of Civil Society as Society Collapses.
  • Ideologies of Civil Society: What Does It Actually Mean?
  • Cleaning Up the Damage: NGOs and Environmental Hot-Spots.
  • NGO-State Relations: Civil Society in Kyrgyzstan's Tulip Revolution.
  • The Women's Movement Between East and West.
  • Civil Society Networks: From Local to Regional in Central Asia.
  • Civil Society Within the Emerging Political Economy of Central Asia.
  • Linking to Global Debates: How CSOs Are Finding Their Voice and What They Are Saying.