A Discussion on the Limitations of the Patrimonial Qualities of the Ottoman State


AMME IDARESI DERGISI, vol.53, no.3, pp.1-26, 2020 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 53 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, Business Source Elite, Business Source Premier, Central & Eastern European Academic Source (CEEAS), TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.1-26
  • Keywords: Ottoman Empire, Machiavelli, Weber, patrimonialism, sultanism, orientalism
  • Anadolu University Affiliated: Yes


Weber reused the Ottoman analysis that was presented as a strict union composed of the prince and the servants of the prince by Machiavelli by conceptualising it with the terms patrimonialism and sultanism as an extreme example of patrimonialism. The primary goal of this study is to discuss the reality of the Ottoman analysis potrayed by Machiavelli and Weber. To this goal, the actors prevalent in the establishment and the early period state structure, the classical stratification system which became apparent with centralisation, and the transformation that this system went through has been examined. The fundamental aim doing all this is to unfold the borders of patrimonialism. A critical evaluation of both local and Eurocentric perspectives that are thought to be among the sources of patrimonialism claims has also been included in the text.