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The political economy of agricultural policy in state-managed economies: Central Asia and beyond

As part of the AGRICHANGE project the workshop is to be held on 24 and 25 November at IAMO

After two and a half decades of transition from a common Soviet heritage, the five Central Asian economies display a highly diverse record of agricultural reform outcomes today. It spans from liberalised and diversified smallholder agriculture in Kyrgyzstan to massive central control of cotton producing farmers’ associations in Turkmenistan. These diverging reforms in agriculture are embedded in a broader agenda of economic modernisation that is managed by elite members of political regimes. Some of these regimes have made strides towards democracy, but most of them still rank at the lower end of international governance comparisons, including voice and accountability, the rule of law, and corruption control.

The aim of this workshop is to bring together social scientists from various disciplinary backgrounds in search of explanations for economic reform outcomes that are based on political economy arguments, using agriculture as a case in point. The workshop shall provide a platform for presentation and intensive discussion that is based on broad-based empirical evidence of both qualitative and quantitative nature. It aims to go beyond the opportunities for exchange typically available within international conference settings. The agenda includes both in-depth studies of individual countries as well as cross-country comparisons, using a variety of theoretical and analytical approaches.

Thursday, 24 November
Economic modernisation and the management of democracy in Central Asia

15:00 – 15:20
Welcome & introduction
Martin Petrick, IAMO, Halle

15:20 – 16:20
Economic modernisation and managed democracy in Kazakhstan
Sebastian Schiek, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Berlin

16:20 – 16:40 Break

16:40 – 17:40
Economic modernisation and managed democracy in Turkmenistan
Hendrik Meurs, German Aerospace Center, Project Management Agency, European and International Cooperation, Bonn

18:30 Dinner

Friday, 25 November
The management of agricultural policy in state-managed economies

9:00 – 10:00
Food and power: Agricultural policy and political regime
Henry Thomson, Nuffield College, University of Oxford

10:00 – 11:00
The political economy of agricultural policy in Uzbekistan
Nodir Djanibekov, IAMO, Halle and Lorena Lombardozzi, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

11:00 – 11:30 Break

11:30 – 12:30
Agricultural policies in Central Asia: what governments do and why they do it
Martin Petrick, IAMO, Halle

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch break

13:30 – 14:30
The political economy of agricultural policy in Russia
Vasyl Kvartiuk, IAMO, Halle

14:30 – 15:30
Conclusions and discussion of a future research agenda

The political economy of agricultural policy in state-managed economies: Central Asia and beyond
24-25 November 2016
IAMO, Theodor-Lieser-Str. 2, 06120 Halle (Saale)
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Prof. Dr. Martin Petrick

Prof. Dr. Martin Petrick

IAMO Visiting Research Fellow

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