Public Administration in the Middle East and North Africa

Dixon, John
Bhuiyan, Shahjahan
Ustuner, Yilmaz
This article highlights the objective of the special issue which is to understand the status of public administration in six profiled countries - Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Turkey - in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The special issue explores public administration as a concept-the diversity of guiding general principles that determines how governments administer the affairs of state in the context of their governance frameworks-and as praxis-the diversity of public administration structures, procedures and practice, and reform initiatives. It is evident that the countries profiled have adopted a mode of public administration and governance that mirrors its history, and its cultural, geo-political, socio-economic, and conflictive environments. In this context, the editors hope that the articles presented in this special issue will contribute to advancing the public administration literature in MENA.


Political Liberalization in Arab Gulf monarchies with a special emphasis on the experiences of Kuwait and Saudi Arabia
Aşkar, İrem; Dağı, İhsan Duran; Department of Middle East Studies (2005)
Arab Gulf monarchies including the constitutional monarchies of Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman; and the absolutist monarchies of the Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, in general, have a poor record of political liberalization. Until the early 1990̕s, there have been attempts to implement political reforms, however even limited political reforms have been short-lived. Nevertheless, political liberalization in the Arab Gulf monarchies has accelerated particularly since the end of the Cold War, as most ...
Globalization and the political economy of reform in Jordan (1989-2002)
Sütalan, Zeynep; Tür Küçükkaya, Özlem; Department of Middle East Studies (2006)
Economic reform packages became important for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) by the 1980s. Mainly as a result of the growing external debt, together with the regional stagnation that began after the second oil shock in the early 1980s, most of the MENA countries were affected by economic crisis. As a response to the economic crises, which also mostly resulted in regime legitimacy crises, many MENA countries initiated economic liberalization programs in cooperation with the International Monetary Fu...
Understanding the new activism of Turkey in the Middle East: Turkey as an emerging soft power
Şenol, Aylin; Yurdusev, Ahmet Nuri; Department of International Relations (2010)
This thesis will examine the transformation in the Turkish foreign policy towards the Middle East and evaluate the relevance of “soft power” term for describing Turkey’s new activism in the region. Since the establishment of the Turkish Republic, Turkey has aligned itself with the Western world so that this alignment has been the main determinant of its relations with the non-Western world. The Middle East was not an exception in this process. After decades of remaining aloof from the Middle Eastern affairs...
Muslim Brotherhood’s relationship with Egyptian governments from 1952 to 2008: an accomodational and confrontational relationship
Açıkalın, Serpil; Dağı, İhsan Duran; Department of Middle East Studies (2009)
This thesis analyses the Muslim Brotherhood’s fluctuated relationship with three of the Egyptian governments for the post-Revolutionary period. It is argued that the Muslim Brotherhood and the Egyptian Governments were firstly accommodated each other during the legitimacy processes of the governments. However, after the Muslim Brotherhood began to use the governments’ concessions to infiltrate the social and political field the Movement began to be seen as a threat by the governments and the relationship be...
Missionaries and near east relief society in the u.s. foreign policy towards the armenian question, 1915-1923
Özbek, Pınar; Boztemur, Recep; Department of Middle East Studies (2009)
This study will attempt to analyze the American Foreign Policy towards Turkey around three basic issues, namely the missionary activities, the Armenian question and the Near East Relief Society (NERS). Therefore, the focus of the study is the interaction of the politics and the religion in the United States case and the influence of this interaction on the American policy towards the Near East before and after the First World War.
Citation Formats
J. Dixon, S. Bhuiyan, and Y. Ustuner, “Public Administration in the Middle East and North Africa,” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION, pp. 759–764, 2018, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: