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Partners of the EmpireThe Crisis of the Ottoman Order in the Age of Revolutions$
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Ali Yaycioglu

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780804796125

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804796125.001.0001

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Collective Action, Leadership, and Politics

(p.117) Chapter 3 Communities
Partners of the Empire

Ali Yaycioglu

Stanford University Press

Chapter Three analyzes the ways in which provincial communities responded to changes in the eighteenth century. It argues that while the central administration was disconnected from the provinces and outsourced authority to provincial notables, provincial communities developed bottom-up mechanisms to manage fiscal and administrative matters under the supervision of elected or communally nominated notables. Instead of reversing this participatory and electoral process and launching a centralizing policy, the central administration institutionalized bottom-up collective actions. In the new provincial order, collective action became a source of legitimacy. Provincial communities were becoming political actors--sometimes with and sometimes at expense of notables--in governance.

Keywords:   communities, notables, elections, fiscal mechanisms

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