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Research on Cultural Studies

Mehmet Ali Icbay, Hasan Arslan and Francesco Sidoti

This book is a collection of papers written by researchers, lawyers, administrators, analysts and graduate students working and doing research in the field of law, communication and arts. The topics include women rights in Turkey, witness statement as evidence in Turkish law, legal regulations about organ or tissue trafficking, the new social movements in Turkey, humorous discourse on social media or the traditional country fairs in Turkey.

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“Village” Neighborhoods in the New Metropolitan Regulation and their Administration



The process in which the state is re-established in the framework of liberal principles after the 1980s has been reshaped with legal regulations since 2000s in Turkey. In this period, the European Union harmonisation process and the struggles for democratisation depending on this process have shown themselves in central and local relations. Especially after the 2000s, the reform process intended for local administrations has been realised in this axis. For this reason, the Municipality Law and the Law of Special Administration of Provinces were changed in 2005, the Law of Metropolitan Municipalities was changed in 2004, the legal regulations that brought amendments to the previous Metropolitan Municipalities laws in 2008; and the recent law with the number 6360 that brought more important amendments to the previous Metropolitan Municipalities Law came into force in 2014. It is stated that these legal regulations are made under the discourses like efficiency, productivity, and democratisation in local administrations. Although there have been many discussions about the efficiency and productivity for public institutions that are shaped according to liberal principles, the recent law with the number 6360 has been the most debated one. The law enlarged the borders of the Metropolitan Municipalities both in terms of population and of area. The issue of how these populations and areas would be given efficient and productive services by these institutions has gone beyond the discussions and brought serious critics. Serious problems await those residential areas which were villages before but are now...

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