AK Party’s Approach to Local Governments in the Context of Party’s 2023 Political Vision Document

Erdal Aydin

Abstract


Turkey will celebrate anniversary of foundation of Republics after a century in 2023. The story of democracy goes to Ottoman State period. Ottoman state passed constitutional monarch in 1876 which was very early comparing European countries. However later it was hang on almost thirty years’ duty of inner and outer reasons including Russian wars and civil disobediences like Armenians which lead Sultan Abdulhamit to do it. Turkey declared and Republic in 1923 based on Ottoman democratic heritage and culture although she denied and not give significance to it. Local governments are most fundamental elements and parameters of democracy. Turkey has parliamentary and unitary system coming from Ottoman traditions which is another clues and proofs showing how she has amazing connections and influence with past. Since World democratic movements and challenges change and develop in all worlds it affects Turkish perceiving of democracy as well as local governments. Especially the principle of subsidiarity in local governments by European Countries affected all members and candidate members of EU like Turkey. In this study, AK Party’s approach to local governments in the context of 2023 Republican Vision document will be elaborated. Accomplishments of AK Party from her foundation is based on her reforms and visions. Thus, AK Party has willingness and goals to be member of European Unions. That is why she has 2023 Republic Visions giving great roles to local governments. Maybe AK Party’s success and credit is based on her local governments programs. That is why she want to lead local government reforms by means of 2023 Political Vision as well as European Union goals.

 

Keywords: Local Governments, AK party, 2023 Political Vision, European Union, Subsidiarity.


References


Prof.Dr. Recep Bozlağan

Doç.Dr. Ahmet Yıldız

Doç.Dr. Aynur Atmaca CAN


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