Pathology of the Islamic Councils in the Islamic Republic of Iran

Document Type: Original Article


Abstract: One of the Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations General Assembly for Governments is to move towards decentralized local governments, which are the most important mechanism for achieving a lasting improvement in service provision. Accordingly, the establishment of local institutions in Iran, such as Islamic councils, including local inclination and administrative decentralization are considered and discussed in the form of public participation. Due to the formation of local councils in Iran in 1998, paying attention to the various dimensions of the councils is of particular importance. The present article intends to criticize the pathological factors that have caused inefficiency in the performance of Islamic councils in Iran. In this regard, this hypothesis was tested that in addition to the weakness of the performance of the councils in attracting people's participation, organizational; administrative; and executive weaknesses and the politicization of the councils have also been harmful to the performance of city councils. It should be noted that testing the hypothesis was conducted descriptivelyanalytically and the hypothesis was confirmed.