Transition period and decentralization in the Kyrgyz Republic

Muhambetov, Omurbek
The success of any reform depends on presence of two main components: the first is to understand the ultimate aim of what you want to achieve and the second is to possess the knowledge to attain that goal. This postulate can be completely applied to the administrative reform in the Kyrgyz Republic, where the second component has not completely formed so far. Present work focuses particularly on current state of local government reform in context with administrative, political and fiscal decentralization together with exemplary case of ill-conceived practices of decentralization in provision of urban transport services of the Bishkek city. This work analyzes and reveals basic contradictions and tendencies in the process of development of local government in the republic and shows that reform process in the Kyrgyzstan should be seen not as a well projected and implemented sequence of reforms aimed at improving efficiency of local governments and public services delivery but as something that happens in the form of unwilling and disorderly series of concessions made by central government in response to calls of international community and impositions by donor organizations as well as an attempt of the state to keep the country's status quo.
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O. Muhambetov, “Transition period and decentralization in the Kyrgyz Republic ,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2003.