A Comparative analysis of local administration reforms of Poland and Turkey on the way to the European Union Accession

Acar, Yeliz
This thesis aims to analyze the reform projects and the implementation of these projects both in Poland and in Turkey within a comparative perspective in the field of local administration. Focusing on the similarities and differences between the two cases, it tries to elaborate on the role, significance and contributions of the European Union to the reform processes of these two countries, and draws lessons from the Polish experience for Turkey. In addition, by comparing the Polish case with the Turkish case, this thesis identifies Turkey’s problems with respect to the requirements of the European Union as regards democratization. Furthermore, it sheds a light on what other reforms Turkey should implement in order to become a full member of the European Union. As a result, this thesis shows that Turkey carries out her reform process in the field of local government much more slowly and cautiously than Poland does, and the anxieties of violating the existing system especially the unitary state character- of Turkey is the primary reason of this caution.


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Citation Formats
Y. Acar, “A Comparative analysis of local administration reforms of Poland and Turkey on the way to the European Union Accession,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2008.