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Code POLS 493
Term 201702
Title Local Government in Turkey and the European Union
Faculty Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Subject Political Science(POLS)
SU Credit 3
ECTS Credit 6.00 / 6.00 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
Instructor(s) Korel Goymen,
Detailed Syllabus
Language of Instruction English
Level of Course Undergraduate
Type of Course Click here to view.
(only for SU students)
SPS102 SPS101
Mode of Delivery Formal lecture,Interactive lecture
Planned Learning Activities Interactive,Communicative,Discussion based learning

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.


To familiarize the student on contemporary structure; competences, trends pertaining to local government system in Turkey and the European Union with a view to eventually harmonize policies.

Learning Outcome

At the end of the course, students should be able to:
1- Comprehend state formation in Turkey and the EU, as well as different administrative traditions;
2- Appreciate major trends and concepts related to local and regional governance in the EU;
3- Analyze Turkey's attempts to harmonize local government related policies and practice, with that of the EU;
4- Have a clear understanding of the goals, priorities of the novel legislation, institutions and instruments introduced as part of local government reform;
5- Critically assess and compare intended aims of local government reform with actual results.

Programme Outcomes
Common Outcomes For All Programs
1 Understand the world, their country, their society, as well as themselves and have awareness of ethical problems, social rights, values and responsibility to the self and to others. 3
2 Understand different disciplines from natural and social sciences to mathematics and art, and develop interdisciplinary approaches in thinking and practice. 3
3 Think critically, follow innovations and developments in science and technology, demonstrate personal and organizational entrepreneurship and engage in life-long learning in various subjects. 3
4 Communicate effectively in Turkish and English by oral, written, graphical and technological means. 4
5 Take individual and team responsibility, function effectively and respectively as an individual and a member or a leader of a team; and have the skills to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams. 3
Common Outcomes ForFaculty of Arts & Social Sci.
1 Develop a thorough knowledge of theories, concepts, and research methods in the field and apply them in research design and data analysis. 3
2 Assess the impact of the economic, social, and political environment from a global, national and regional level. 5
3 Know how to access written and visual, primary and secondary sources of information, interpret concepts and data from a variety of sources in developing disciplinary and interdisciplinary analyses. 4
Political Science Program Outcomes Area Electives
1 Understand and follow changes in patterns of political behavior, ideas and structures. 4
2 Develop the ability to make logical inferences about social and political issues on the basis of comparative and historical knowledge. 4
Assessment Methods and Criteria
  Percentage (%)
Final 50
Midterm 30
Participation 10
Other 10
Recommended or Required Reading

- Metin Heper ., Urbanization and Metropolitan Municipal Politics in Turkey, paper submitted at the International Conference on ?Population, Poverty and Politics?, the University of Arizona, 1993 , 36 pp.
- Korel Goymen ,. Turkiyede Kent Yonetimi, Boyut, ?stanbul: 1997, pp. 15?39
- Levent Koker ., ?Local Politics and Democracy in Turkey?, in Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences, July 1995, Vol 540, 10 pp.
- Korel Goymen, ?Dynamics of Changes in Turkish Local Governance?, Society and Economy, 28 (2006) 3, pp. 245-266.
- John Loughlin., Sub-national Democracy in the European Union, Oxford University Press, Oxford: 2001 pp. 1? 37; 37- 60; 83- 116; 185- 210; 319- 342.
- Peter John., Local Governance in Western Europe, Sage Publications, London: 2001, pp. 1-22; 25-39; 154-175.
- Committee of the Regions., Regional and Local Government in the European Union, Luxembourg: 2000 pp. 15-51.
- European Union, White Paper on European Governance, Brussels: 2000, 19pp.
- Korel Goymen., ?Novel Participatory Mechanisms in the Turkish Municipal System?
in Local Governance, Vol. 25 No. 1, Spring 1999, pp. 53-64.
- UNDP, ?Promoting Participatory Service Delivery through the Implementation of Local Agenda 21 in Turkey?, in Innovations in Governance in the Middle East, North Africa and Western Balkans, United Nations, New York: 2007, pp. 65-86
- Korel Goymen, Involving Private Enterprise in Local Development in a Centralized Country with an Etatist Legacy: The Case of Turkey, in Improving Local Government, Ed. Michiel de Vries.