Kazakhstan's climate change policy: reflecting national strength, green economy aspirations and international agenda

Poberezhskaya, M. ORCID: 0000-0001-6442-5292 and Bychkova, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-3303-9150, 2021. Kazakhstan's climate change policy: reflecting national strength, green economy aspirations and international agenda. Post-Communist Economies. ISSN 1463-1377

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Abstract

This article looks at how Kazakhstan’s heavy dependence on fossil fuels and its political context shape national discourse on climate change. Based on extensive analysis of the country’s strategic documents and expert interviews, we argue that although Kazakhstan’s economy relies on fossil fuels, the government is keen to promote sustainable development to attract international investments and advance its image as a ‘strong state’ for the domestic audience, and as a progressive and reliable partner for the international audience. Whilst there is little evidence of ‘post-colonial’ rhetoric appearing in Kazakhstan’s official climate change discourse, the state’s past is evident in its instrumental approach to environmental issues which in turn translates into inconsistencies in its climate change policy.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Post-Communist Economies
Creators: Poberezhskaya, M. and Bychkova, A.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Date: 29 July 2021
ISSN: 1463-1377
Identifiers:
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10.1080/14631377.2021.1943916DOI
1455027Other
Rights: © 2021 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Laura Ward
Date Added: 29 Jul 2021 14:17
Last Modified: 29 Jul 2021 14:17
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/43662

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