Neopatrimonialism and Regime Endurance in Transnistria
Owen, Jeffrey Daniel
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This thesis argues that neopatrimonialism is vital to understanding the power structure of the secessionist Transnistrian Moldovan Republic (TMR), and that neopatrimonial structures have been manipulated by Soviet-era elites to sustain the unrecognized separatist stateâ s independence. The thesis also argues that neopatrimonialism is not a stable structure and its effectiveness in retaining support for the regime has changed over time. The paper provides an empirical analysis of the TMR in order to answer two questions: â To what extent does neopatrimonialism explain the regime endurance of the Transnistrian Moldovan Republic?â and â What does the case of the Transnistrian Moldovan Republic reveal about neopatrimonialism and regime endurance over time?â The analysis examines the TMR regimeâ s use of Soviet-era industrial and bureaucratic structures, media, party networks, and worker committees to assert and maintain control, distribute patronage, maintain support for secession, and co-opt important interest groups. The paper concludes that although neopatrimonialism is only one of several elements that support the TMR regimeâ s endurance, the analysis of neopatrimonial systems in states with significant neopatrimonialism provides a framework for examining disparate but interwoven elements of a stateâ s political economy.
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