About the book
This publication analyzes the process of social stratification and the social structure emerging in Kyrgyzstan in the course of transition. Macroeconomic policies, privatization, agrarian reforms and changes in social security regime are considered as determinants of social stratification together with other factors, such as social networks, ethnicity, the strength and role of institutions. The volume also focuses on income inequality and examines transformation of the old and characteristic of new social classes and groups: the new elite, the middle class and the poor. One of the major conclusions of the study is that the country needs a strong income redistribution policy addressing the inequality and massive poverty that present a major challenge to successful transition and sustainable development.