Theoretical Foundations and Discussions on the Reformation Process in Local Governments

Theoretical Foundations and Discussions on the Reformation Process in Local Governments

Ugur Sadioglu (Hacettepe University, Turkey) and Kadir Dede (Hacettepe University, Turkey)
Release Date: June, 2016|Copyright: © 2016 |Pages: 555
ISBN13: 9781522503170|ISBN10: 152250317X|EISBN13: 9781522503187|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0317-0

Description

Local government can be defined as a public entity acting as the sub-unit of a state or of a region, charged with the task of enforcing public policies. There have been many reforms of local government in recent years from the grassroots-led movement that took root in the 90’s to the overarching effects of globalization and decentralization. Local governments must adapt their practices in order to most effectively provide for their constituents.

Theoretical Foundations and Discussions on the Reformation Process in Local Governments addresses the effects of recent reforms in the political-administrative system of local governments and politics as well as future outlooks. It reviews the challenges, innovations, and lessons from local governments while providing theoretical perspectives on methods for positive reform. This book is a critical reference source for policy makers, government organizations, professionals, and actors in both local and international politics.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Difference Hypothesis
  • Local Democracy
  • Local Self-Governance
  • Municipal Cooperation
  • Normative Base of Local Government
  • Reallocation and Rescaling
  • Structural Reform

Reviews and Testimonials

This book looks at the reform of political-administrative systems of local governments and politics in many countries, especially the UK. Country case studies report on local governments as well as quasi-federal, federal, and confederal state examples. Specific topics include cooperation between local authorities in Europe, reforming the council-manager system in Ireland, Australian local government perspectives on contemporary structural reform, and structural reform in local government in Belgium, New Zealand, Finland, Poland, Russia, Japan, Bolivia, and Indonesia. Of special interest is a comparison between elected mayors and council appointed mayors in Italy and Spain. Disaster relief and social media in Turkey is also discussed.

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Ugur Sadioglu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at Hacettepe University in Ankara-Turkey. He is currently the Vice-Chairman of Local Governments Application and Research Centre of the same University and the Vice-Editor in Chief of the Journal of Hacettepe University Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences. He studied political science and public administration at Hacettepe University (BSc-2006). He was a visiting researcher at Duisburg-Essen University-Germany (as a part of Erasmus&Socrates Exchange Programme and by the scholarship of The Council of Higher Education) from 2008 to 2010. He received his PhD degree in comparision of local government reform process in Turkey and Germany from Hacettepe University in 2012. He was a visiting fellow at University of Cologne-Germany, Cologne Center for Comparative Politics between 2015 and 2016. He has been a member of Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences since 2006. His research interests are public administration theory, new trends in public administration, local government and politics, urban policy and affairs, decentralization, e-government and development studies. He acted as a researcher on various administrative reform projects in Turkey and Germany. His three books were published in the area of local government. He recently presented many papers in national and international conferences and published in national and international journals extensively on local governments and administrative reform outcomes in Turkey.
Kadir Dede is Research Assistant at Hacettepe University, Department of Political Science and Public Administration. He has completed his PhD in political science with dissertation titled “The Role of Novel in Turkish nation-building process” in 2015. His main academic interests are Turkish political thought, nationalism, Turkish literature and popular culture. He has published his articles on Turkish literature, gender, leftist politics and Early Republican era in different editions and journals