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.


Legal and institutional frameworks for local government in Kazakhstan

This chapter addresses the existing framework for decision-making and autonomy of local governments, which has been dominated by the central government. It reviews the legal and institutional factors surrounding decentralisation of government responsibilities and questions the capacity of recent reforms to lead to more targeted and flexible distribution of mandates and functions among tiers of government.


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