Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS)


Liberal Studies

First Advisor

Mehmet Odekon

Second Advisor

Ronald Seyb


Improving public sector decision making has been a continuous quest since the emergence of democratic governance in early Greece. Resistance to more involvement by citizens has been one of the major barriers to improvement, as elites struggle to retain control of the reigns of government. Increasing urbanization and levels of education have produced pressure to solve a growing list of difficult problems. Expectations have risen faster than governments' ability to respond, which has led to a loss of confidence and increasing citizen initiatives to gain control of the public sector. A model for reform of public sector decision making is possible and flows from many recent initiatives, the implementation of which must now be accelerated through the remaining barriers.