International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijbss

Recent Administrative Reforms in Turkey: A Preliminary Assessment
Süleyman Sözen

The Turkish public administration has recently experienced significant reform, resulting from the convergence of external and internal factors favoring change. It is possible to classify administrative reforms into two main groups. They are respectively managerial reforms and governance reforms. The study broadly reviews and provides a preliminary assessment of recent reforms undertaken in the first decade of the 2000s. The content and spirit of recent managerial and governance reforms reflect a new understanding of administration that is quite different from the traditional form of administration. Thus, they have the potential to bring about considerable changes not only in the role of Turkish public administration, but also in the nature of relationship between state and society. Nevertheless, the study addresses prevalent state-centred administrative culture and the patrimonial patterns in the Turkish politico-administrative system as two crucial factors posing difficulties in effective implementation of reforms.

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