A Comparative Analysis of East Asia and Central Asia
Writing this dissertation has been one of the most interesting and most challeng- ing tasks of my life and I want to thank several persons who have supported me over the last years. First and foremost, my thanks go to my Doktorvater Prof. Dr. Joachim Ahrens, who has contributed to my work in innumerable ways. Prof. Ahrens gave me the freedom to pursue my own ideas whenever possible and provided me with guidelines to achieve my objectives whenever necessary. Fur- thermore, I would like to thank my second supervisor, Prof. Dr. Florian Täube, for sharing his insight and advice, in particular on methodological issues, with me. The dissertation has benefitted extensively from two research projects that I was involved in. Beginning in 2007, I worked as a researcher in the project Emerging Market Economies in Central Asia, funded by the Volkswagen- Stiftung. Through this project, I was able to travel several times to Central Asia in order to conduct some of the interviews that serve as the analytical base for the empirical part of this dissertation. However, most of the interviews were conducted by my colleagues Roman Vakulchuk, Farrukh Irnazarov, Zafar Sal- manov, and Gerhard Töws, whom I thank for their contribution. On the other hand, I was involved in beginning in 2010 in the project Institutions and Institu- tional Change in Post-socialist Countries, funded by the Bundesministerium für Forschung und Entwicklung. Apart from granting me financial support, this pro- ject enabled me to meet young researchers...
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