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Professional Role Perceptions of Provincial Administrators from the Point of the View of Sociological Institutionalism

Sema Müge ÖZDEMİRAY
Önder KUTLU

Abstract
It can be said that the profession of provincial administrators, which has distinctive features from other professional groups due to their historical heritage, professional difficulties they face, the services they have to offer and their responsibilities within the Turkish administrative structure, has become the subject of discussions along with the discourses of localization that started in 1980s. The raising of the opinions that the profession of the provincial administrators does not have a future revealed the importance of the role perceptions of the members in this process. As a matter of fact, the characteristics of their professions, which provincial administrators define by highlighting are important in terms of where they will be located in the change process. In line with the predictions of sociological institutionalism, in this process it is expected from the provincial administrators to adapt to changing conditions by having a role perception that excludes their personal interests in order to maintain the legitimacy of their institutions and professions. The aim of this study is to analyze the professional role perceptions of provincial administrators within the framework of the predictions of sociological institutionalism. In the light of this aim, as a result of qualitative data obtained from interviews with 20 provincial administrators, it has been concluded that there has been a change based on individualism in the professional role perceptions of provincial administrators in the recent period.
Keywords: New Institutionalism, Sociological Institutionalism, Provincial Administrators, Role Perception, Profession Perception

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