Göktuğ Morçöl, Ph.D.

Göktuğ Morçöl, Ph.D.
Professor of Public Policy and Administration, School of Public Affairs
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Göktuğ Morçöl is a professor of public policy and administration. He earned his degrees from the Middle East Technical University Ankara, Turkey (B.S. in sociology and M.S. in political science and public administration) and Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, USA (Ph.D. in public administration and policy).

He has authored, edited, and co-edited the following books: (2014). Challenges to Democratic Governance in Developing Countries (Springer, 2014); A Complexity Theory for Public Policy (Routledge, 2012); Business Improvement Districts: Research Theory and Controversies (CRC Press, 2008); Complexity and Policy Analysis: Tools and Methods for Designing Robust Policies in a Complex World (ISCE Publishing, 2008); Handbook of Decision Making (CRC Press, 2007); A New Mind for Policy Analysis: Toward a Post-Newtonian and Postpositivist Epistemology and Methodology (Praeger, 2002); and New Sciences for Public Administration and Policy: Connections and Reflections (Chatelaine Press, 2000).

His articles have appeared in journals such as Public Administration Review, Administration and Society, Administrative Theory and Praxis, Policy Sciences, Public Administration Quarterly, Politics and Policy, International Journal of Public Administration, Journal of Urban Affairs, and Emergence.

He served as the first chair of the Section on Complexity and Network Studies of the American Society for Public Administration.

He is an editor-in-chief of the journal Complexity, Governance & Networks

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Research Interests

Complex Governance Networks

Complexity Theory (Complex Adaptive Systems)

Metropolitan Governance

Business Improvement Districts

Public Policy and Administration Education

Policy Analysis and Evaluation Methodology


Morçöl, G., & Karagöz, T. (in press). Accountability of business improvement district in urban governance networks: An investigation of state enabling laws. Urban Affairs Review.

Morçöl, G., Köseoğlu, Ö, Sobacı, Z., & Köktaş, Ö. F. (2018). Think tanks and policy analysis in Turkey. In C. Bakır & G. Ertan (Eds.), Policy analysis in Turkey (pp. 235-254), Bristol, UK: Policy Press.

Akdoğan, A., Morçöl, G., Orhan, G, Yıldız, M., (2018). The past, present, and future of policy analysis in Turkey. In C. Bakır & G. Ertan (Eds.), Policy analysis in Turkey (pp. 19-34), Bristol, UK: Policy Press.

Morçöl, G. (2018). From public policy analysis to complex governance networks studies. In R. J. Lewis (Ed.), Policymaking in a globalized world (Rev. Ed.) (pp. 150-167). New York: Routledge. [reprint of the original publication in 2015]

Kim, S. & Morçöl, G. (2018). Network text analysis and social network analysis in investigating policymaking processes: Applications of AutoMap and ORA. In E. Mitleton-Kelly, C. Day, & A. Paraskevas (Eds.), Handbook on complexity science research methods (pp. 199-225). Cheltenham Glos, UK: Edward Elgar.

Morçöl, G., & Han, S. (2017). The National Research Council’s rankings and US News’ rankings of graduate programs in public affairs: An analysis of objective measures and reputation. International Journal of Public Administration. DOI: 10.1080/01900692.2017.1292529.

Han, S., Morçöl, G., Hummer, D., & Peterson, S. A. (2017). The effects of business improvement districts in reducing nuisance crimes: Evidence from Philadelphia. Journal of Urban Affairs, 39(5), 658-674. DOI: 10.1080/07352166.2016.1262691.

Morçöl, G. (2015). Can we discover the Higgs Boson of public administration theory? A complexity theory answer. In R. Geyer & P. Cairney (Eds.), Handbook on complexity and public policy (pp. 78-91). Cheltenham Glos, UK: Edward Elgar.

Morçöl, G. (2015). From public policy analysis to complex governance networks studies. In K. Göymen & R. Lewis (Eds.), Policymaking in a globalized world (pp. 49-67). İstanbul: İstanbul Policy Center/Für Die Freiheit Publications (http://ipc.sabanciuniv.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/IPM_publicpolicym…).

Mudacumura, G., & Morçöl, G. (Eds.) (2014). Challenges to democratic governance in developing countries. New York: Springer.

Morçöl, G. (2014). Self-organization in collective action: Elinor Ostrom’s contributions and complexity theory. Complexity, Governance & Networks, 1(2), 9-22.

Morçöl, G., & Al, H. (2014). Hizmet iyileştirme bölgeleri: Türk yerel yönetim sisteminde uygulama sorunları [Business improvement districts: Problems of adapting to the Turkish local governmental system]. Akademik Incelemeler Dergisi (Journal of Academic Inquiries), 9(1), 269-296.

Morçöl, G., Vasavada, T., & Kim, S. (2014). Business improvement districts in urban governance: A longitudinal case study. Administration and Society, 46(7). 796-824.

Köseoğlu, Ö, & Morçöl, G. (2014). Democratization of governance in Turkey: An assessment of the administrative reforms in the 2000s. In G. Mudacumura & G. Morçöl, G. (Eds.), Challenges to democratic governance in developing countries (pp. 137-155). New York: Springer.

Morçöl, G., & Gautsch, D. (2013). Institutionalization of business improvement districts: A longitudinal study of the state laws in the United States. Public Administration Quarterly, 37(2), 238-277.

Morçöl, G. (2013). Karmaşıklık kuramı ve kamu politikaları [Complexity theory and public policy]. In M. Yıldız & Z. Sobacı (Eds.), Kamu politikası [Public policy] (pp. 88-113). Ankara, Turkey: Adres Yayınları.

Morçöl, G. (2012) A complexity theory for public policy. London: Routledge.

Morçöl, G., (2012). Urban sprawl: A complexity theory perspective. Emergence: A Journal of Complexity Issues in Organizations and Management, 14(4), 1-16.

Morçöl, G. (2012). The micro–macro problem as the core problem of complexity theory of policy processes. In L. Gerrits, P. Marks, & F. Boons (Eds.), COMPACT 1: Public Administration in Complexity (pp. 307-322). Litchfield Park, AZ: Emergent Publications.

Morçöl, G., (2010). Center City District: A case of comprehensive downtown business improvement districts. Drexel Law Review, 3(1), 271-286.

Morçöl, G., & Wolf, J. F. (2010). Understanding business improvement districts: A new governance framework. Public Administration Review, 70(6), 906-913.

Morçöl, G., & Ivanova, N. (2010). Methods taught in public policy programs: Are quantitative methods still prevalent? Journal of Public Affairs Education, 16(2), 255–277

Morçöl, G. (2010). Reconceptualizing public policy from the perspective of complexity theory. Emergence: A Journal of Complexity Issues in Organizations and Management, 12(1), 52-60.


Ph.D., Public Administration and Policy, Virginia Tech

M.S., Political Science and Public Administration, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey

B.S., Sociology, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey