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POLS 598 Comparative Local Government 3 Credits
A major structural change has taken place in Turkish society with the urban population surpassing the rural population for the first time in the Ottoman-Turkish continuum. The first rate of urbanization has not resulted in a parallel process of urban integration, creating serious problems in both tangible (infrastructure, housing, services and intangible (identity, participation, civic engagement) aspects of urban space. This dual character of urban settlements in Turkey has been compounded by a strained relationship between central and local govenment in sharing of competences and resources. The strategic decision of Turkey to join the European Union (EU); the need to harmonize policies; the prevalent trends and principles in the EU in the field of local govenment have created a new urgency to critically reappraise the administrative system in Turkey. The general tendency in the EU for decentralization, deconcentration and devolution, true to the spirit of local and regional governance, has necessitated local government reform to top the reform agenda in Turkey. Within the confines of the Course, a comparative analysis of existing institutions and processes will be taken up, followed by trends and evolving patterns of local governance in both the EU and Turkey.

Last Offered Terms Course Name SU Credit
Spring 2018-2019 Local Government in Turkey and the European Union 3
Spring 2017-2018 Local Government in Turkey and the European Union 3
Spring 2016-2017 Local Government in Turkey and the European Union 3
Spring 2015-2016 Local Government in Turkey and the European Union 3
Spring 2014-2015 Local Government in Turkey and the European Union 3
Spring 2013-2014 Local Government in Turkey and the European Union 3
Spring 2012-2013 Local Government in Turkey and the European Union 3
Spring 2011-2012 Local Government in Turkey and the European Union 3
Fall 2010-2011 Local Government in Turkey and the European Union 3
Fall 2009-2010 Local Government in Turkey and the European Union 3
Fall 2007-2008 Local Government in Turkey and the European Union 3
Fall 2006-2007 Local Government in Turkey and the European Union 3
Fall 2005-2006 Local Government in Turkey and the European Union 3
Fall 2004-2005 Local Government in Turkey and the European Union 3

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ECTS Credit: 10 ECTS (10 ECTS for students admitted before 2013-14 Academic Year)
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