Central Asia Policy Briefs Publications

Political and Economic Trends in Kazakhstan

Central Asia Policy Brief No. 32, January 2016

By Dossym Satpayev

For several years, the Kazakhstani state has been actively expanding its participation in different spheres of public life and concentrating resources in the financial, political, and media sectors. Several so-called umbrella structures work together in a corporatist logic inside the state structure. This highly centralized political system is strongly personified and has effectively created stability for the elite. Well-established political institutions could play the role of collective successors and would guarantee a stable transition and modernize the country; however, they are still lacking, and this could weaken the Kazakhstani system in a period of crisis.

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