Decentralisation and Multi-level Governance in Kazakhstan

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This review examines the reforms undertaken by the government of Kazakhstan in the area of public governance and evaluates their impact on the powers and responsibilities of subnational levels of government. It places particular emphasis on finding the right allocation of roles and responsibilities among different levels of government, and on using decentralisation as a means to increase self-reliance, civic participation, accountability, and enhanced capacity at the local level. The report also offers a number of recommendations for further strengthening the role of local executive bodies and democratising some aspects of local government.



In May 2015, the President of Kazakhstan unveiled a vast and ambitious programme of reforms entitled the 100 Concrete Steps, in order to bring about five institutional transformations: creation of a modem and professional civil service; the establishment of the rule of law; industrialisation and economic growth; a unified nation for the future; and transparency and accountability of the state.


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