Maxat Kassen

Maxat Kassen

Position: Assistant Professor
Education Background: Ph.D. in Political Science 

Research Areas

Government Information Policies, Open Data Politics, E-Government, Digital Politics, Political Decision Making, Public Sector Innovations, Decentralization and Federalism Studies, Political Communication and International Relations

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Dr. Maxat Kassen
Assistant Professor 
Graduate School of Public Policy
Nazarbayev University
53 Kabanbay batyr Avenue
Astana, Kazakhstan 010000

Maxat Kassen
Assistant Professor 

Maxat Kassen is an Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Public Policy at Nazarbayev University in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. He is a former Fulbright Visiting Scholar in the University of Illinois at Chicago (2011-2012) and fellow of the Annenberg Institute at the University of Oxford (2011). Over the past two decades, he lectured on political science disciplines at a number of foreign and domestic universities and research institutes, including as a visiting professor with guest lectures in the University of Massachusetts (Amherst, USA), the University of Woodbury (Los Angeles, USA), the US Electronic Government Center (Amherst, Massachusetts, USA) and many other universities. Also before that, he worked in various positions in government agencies, national companies and United Nations structures. In 2003-2004, he headed the foreign information service in the Kazakh National Information Agency – Kazinform.

In December 2017, Maxat Kassen was awarded with A.Baitursynov Silver Medal for significant achievements in scientific research and excellence in teaching students (Association of Institutions of Higher Education, Almaty, Kazakhstan) and in November 2018 he received a prestigious Scopus Award 2018 for Contribution to Science (Elsevier, The Netherlands). His research chiefly focuses on government information politics, open data politics, e-government, digital politics,  methodology of political decision making, public sector innovations, decentralization and federalism studies, political communication and international relations. Maxat Kassen has published more than 50 academic articles on related topics, including in various international peer-reviewed impact factor journals and the author of three books, titled “Understanding systems of e-government” (Rowman & Littlefield: New York, 2015), “E-government in Kazakhstan: a case study of multidimensional phenomena” (Routledge: London, 2016) and “Open Data Politics” (Springer: Switzerland, 2019).



Kassen, M. (2019). Open Data Politics. Springer: Switzerland.

Kassen, M. (2016). E-government in Kazakhstan: a case study of multidimensional phenomena. Routledge: London.

Kassen, M. (2015). Understanding Systems of e-Government. Rowman & Littlefield: New York.

Articles in impact factor journals:

Kassen, M. (2019). Promoting public cooperation in government: key drivers, regulation, and barriers of the e-collaboration movement in Kazakhstan. International Review of Administrative Sciences85(4), 743-762.

Kassen, M. (2019). What Does It Mean to Be a Political Scientist in a Transitional Society? Reflections from Kazakhstan. Political Studies Review, 17(2), pp.175-195.

Kassen, M. (2019). Building digital state: Understanding two decades of evolution in Kazakh e-government project. Online Information Review, 43(2), pp.301-323.

Kassen, M. (2018). Understanding foreign policy strategies of Kazakhstan: a case study of the landlocked and transcontinental country. Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 31(3-4), pp.314-343.

Kassen, M. (2018). Adopting and managing open data: Stakeholder perspectives, challenges and policy recommendations. Aslib Journal of Information Management, 70(5), pp.518-537.

Kassen, M. (2018): E-participation actors: understanding roles, connections, partnerships. Knowledge Management Research & Practice. DOI: 10.1080/14778238.2018.1547252.

Kassen, M. (2018). Open data and its intermediaries: a cross-country perspective on participatory movement among independent developers. Knowledge Management Research & Practice, 16(3), pp 327-342.

Kassen, M. (2018). Open data and its institutional ecosystems: A comparative cross-jurisdictional analysis of open data platforms. Canadian Public Administration, 61(1), Pp. 109–129.

Kassen, M. (2017). Understanding transparency of government from a Nordic perspective: open government and open data movement as a multidimensional collaborative phenomenon in Sweden. Journal of Global Information Technology Management, 20(4), pp.236-275.

Kassen, M. (2017). Open data and e-government–related or competing ecosystems: a paradox of open government and promise of civic engagement in Estonia. Information Technology for Development, pp. 1-27. DOI: 10.1080/02681102.2017.1412289

Kassen, M. (2017). Open data in Kazakhstan: incentives, implementation and challenges. Information Technology & People, 30(2), pp.301-323.

Kassen, M. (2017). E-Government Politics as a Networking Phenomenon: Applying a Multidimensional Approach. International Journal of Electronic Government Research. 13(2). pp. 18-46.

Kassen, M. (2014). Globalization of e-government: open government as a global agenda; benefits, limitations and ways forward. Information Development, 30(1), pp. 51-58.

Kassen, M. (2013). A promising phenomenon of open data: A case study of the Chicago open data project. Government Information Quarterly, 30(4), pp.508–513.