Democracy and İzmir
Having met with democracy in the Ancient Age, İzmir is still one of the most democratic cities in Turkey.
Emerging in the 9th century BC and composed of Macedonia, Thrace, Phrygia, Mysia, Lydia, Caria and Ionia, the Helen Civilization was a civilization that covered both sides of the Aegean Sea. With this civilization, not only Athens and its surroundings but also İzmir and its surroundings experienced their first acquaintance with democracy.
In the ancient Aegean democracy, a change that has not been seen until that time occurred, and governance belonging to the aristocracy was started. It was governance not through individual dictatorship, but through a process in which all the aristocrats participated. Although the administration was still carried out by a small and privileged part of the society, the absence of a single dictator was an important step towards democracy.
The ruins that have survived from the ancient cities founded by civilizations living in İzmir and its surroundings also show that many of the first parliaments of the world were established in İzmir.
İzmir, whose relationship with participatory democracy started in Antiquity, continues its belief in this form of government today.
Just like in the conference held on the future of Kültürpark in the summer of 2019, İzmir Metropolitan Municipality and other municipalities of the city are organizing conferences to make decisions with wide participation of the people, on issues that concern the public. The steps to be taken by local governments on issues such as agriculture, tourism, nature, and climate change are also developing through such conferences, namely through participatory democracy.
Museum of Radio and Democracy
An address that can be visited to learn more about the history of democracy in İzmir is the Museum of Radio and Democracy founded by Konak Municipality.
The development of democracy is narrated in the context of the radio in this building, which is considered one of the 16 best museums of Europe in the category of political and historical museums. Because radio is a tool that is so much richer than its widespread use, it's suitable to be used for democratic purposes.
We recommend you to visit the Museum of Radio and Democracy in order to see in which events the radio, which has the advantages, talent, and potential that can provide democratic and true polyphony, has used this advantage throughout the history and to get more ideas about the relationship between İzmir and democracy.