Ombudsman as an agent between state and society

Değirmencioğlu, Kadir Özhan
Ombudsman is a worldwide institution in charge of public or private sectors for mediation. Some countries use this office to solve micro problems and some in macro. Despite the fact that Ombudsman is as an exceptional institution in terms of traditional separation of powers principle, it is generally taken as an ordinary part of executive or auditing. This tendency is refused due to Ombudsman’s institutional character which is claimed to be named as powerless chief. Moreover, the dichotomy of public administration and politics is rejecting by examining the abstract status of Ombudsman. In doing so, it is tried to contribute on the possible origins of Ombudsman institution in an interdisciplinary way. This aim has three fronts. First of them considers the position of Ombudsman within the branch of the executive by discussing the development of public administration and bureaucracy. In the second place, it is tried to make connection between important and related points of Swedish history, the homeland of Ombudsman. This is not for showing the material conditions of Sweden, rather it is for opening a way to use some approaches and concepts of political anthropology. Finally, Relations of executive power and representation is theoretically revisited with reference to defense of human rights issue that it is the most significant role of Ombudsman institution following WW2.


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Citation Formats
K. Ö. Değirmencioğlu, “Ombudsman as an agent between state and society,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2018.