IIIS Seminar Series

Title: Citizen Participation in Turkish Local Government System

Speaker: Visiting Research Fellow, Dr Ethem Kadri Pektas, Afyon Kocatepe University

Date: Wednesday 26 March 2014

Time: 13.00 – 14.00 (sandwiches provided)

Venue: IIIS Seminar Room, 6th Floor Arts Building, TCD

Chair: Professor Daniel Faas, Head of Department of Sociology, TCD

Abstract: Good governance is a new approach that contains all the necessary principles for the establishment of a democratic government. Citizen participation is also one of the basic principles of good governance at local level. Nowadays, citizens want to participate in local governments by using different instruments, such as voting in elections and being a member of various councils/NGOs, with the ultimate aim of realizing good governance. Citizen participation in deciding and implementing on local issues enhance legitimacy and efficiency of these decisions. There are some regulations in the Turkish Constitution (1982) and acts that have improved citizen participation in recent years. “Municipal Act” (2005), “Metropolitan Municipality Act” (2004) and “Special Provincial Administration Act” (2005) include some relevant citizen participation rights. The main purpose of this study is to determine the ways and levels of citizen participation in public decision-making processes and practices of the local governments in Turkey.