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.