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Kazakhstan: Modernising Government in the Context of Political Inertia

Knox, Colin (2008) Kazakhstan: Modernising Government in the Context of Political Inertia. International Review of Administrative Sciences, 74 (3). pp. 477-496. [Journal article]

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Kazakhstan declared its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991 and joinedthe Commonwealth of Independent States. Since then it has witnessed a remarkableeconomic transformation under the leadership of President NursultanNazarbayev. Pursuing a policy of ‘economy first and then politics’, Kazakhstan isunder growing pressure to engage in political reforms which include a modernizationagenda to improve public service provision. Recent constitutional reformshave received a lukewarm reaction from the international community thatKazakhstan is keen to become part of. At the same time a progressive agenda ofpublic services reform is well under way rooted in new public management and adesire to become much more customer focussed in their orientation. This articleexamines the parallel themes of political reforms and public services modernizationin Kazakhstan.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:developing countries, governance, Kazakhstan, modernizing, performance measurement, public management reform
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Criminology, Politics and Social Policy
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Social Work & Social Policy
Institute for Research in Social Sciences
ID Code:5710
Deposited By: Professor Colin Knox
Deposited On:31 Dec 2009 13:30
Last Modified:09 Dec 2015 10:03

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