Elite preferences and transparency promotion in Kazakhstan

Oge, Kerem (2017) Elite preferences and transparency promotion in Kazakhstan. Communist and Post-Communist Studies, 50 (2). pp. 135-143. ISSN 0967-067X

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This paper evaluates the factors that shape the establishment of transparent institutions in resource-rich countries with a specific focus on Kazakhstan. Specifically, it draws upon in-depth interviews and analysis of key institutions to understand the pace and intensity of transparency reforms in the Central Asian state. It argues that external transparency promotion can lead to institutional reform only when it is matched with strong elite incentives in favor of reforms. Kazakhstan has had few incentives to comply with Western-initiated norms before 2014, an era of relative economic security. As a consequence, the political elite often stalled the successful implementation of reforms. However, the economic turbulence following the fall of oil prices and Russia's annexation of Crimea have motivated the Kazakh government to embrace the norm of transparency in order to attract foreign investment.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Institutes and Academies > Institute of Education and Humanities > Academic Discipline: Humanities and Social Sciences
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Depositing User: Kerem Oge
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2017 08:53
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2020 01:02
URI: https://repository.uwtsd.ac.uk/id/eprint/760

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