Public Administration and Ethics: The Turkish Case

Bozoğlu, Bengünur
Around the world, interest in public administration ethics has considerably increased since the 1970s. That time is marked with an emergence of public management, later new public management understanding. This period also corresponds to rising of corruption in public administration globally. Hence, mostly with the pressures of international organizations, developing countries started to make ethics regulations in bureaucracies and established institutions to control the system. Turkey, too, has not been exempted from this process and ethics in public administration was institutionalized according to its Law No. 5176. In this thesis, especially the ethics infrastructure of Turkish bureaucracy was explored, the legislation and the activity reports were examined. Additionally, the researcher interviewed experts of the Council. It was concluded that ethics regulation in Turkish public administration in general and Ethics Council in particular did not functioned as intended and was unable to ensure ethical administration. It was argued there are certain ideological, structural and jurisdictional factors behind this. It was also thought the difference between law and ethics disappeared and due to its structural features, the Council remained as a symbolic one. As concluding remarks, some recommendations were stated as guidelines for future reform.


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Citation Formats
B. Bozoğlu, “Public Administration and Ethics: The Turkish Case,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2022.