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Open Data Politics in Kazakhstan: Understanding a Tentative Advance of Civic Engagement in a Transitional Society

  • Maxat KassenEmail author
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Part of the SpringerBriefs in Political Science book series (BRIEFSPOLITICAL)

Abstract

Kazakhstan could be regarded as a real poster child of new promising political and socioeconomic opportunities that technology-driven public sector reforms bring to the local economy in a typical transitional, developing, and post-totalitarian context, especially taking into account the recent advance of various digital government platforms that are promoted today administratively at different institutional levels in this Central Asian country. One of the most interesting trends in the area is an active propagation of the open data concept at almost all public and semi-public agencies officially as a watchword of transparency, collaboration, and participation in the e-government ecosystem. Open data is also beginning to be regarded as a necessary prerequisite in transforming a somewhat cumbersome public administration system that this nation once had to inherit from its Soviet past. However, what are the true drivers and challenges of the concept implementation in Kazakhstan and, more importantly, how does open data really promote openness and cooperation in government in a less collaborative quite conservative political context? In this respect, this chapter aims to answer these questions, analyzing typical drivers, strategies, and regulation policies that national authorities have recently adopted in the area. It also reviews open data-driven projects that various stakeholders from private, civic, and non-governmental sectors of economy try to promote in a wide range of human activities.

Keywords

Open data Kazakhstan Open government E-government Case study Legislation Challenges Linked data FOIA Freedom of information Democracy Civic engagement 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Eurasian Humanities InstituteAstanaKazakhstan

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