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Public Policy Analysis in Turkey

Past, Present and Future

Edited By Onur Kulaç, Elvettin Akman and Cenay Babaoğlu

This book presents a broad and comprehensive perspective on analysis of public policy in Turkey. Each of the twenty-six chapters presents historical development, legal background, actors, problems, and recommendations of different policies. The scope of this book is to fill the void in the literature with regards to the analyses of public policies in Turkey.

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The study of public policies, which became especially important after the Second World War, is crucial and practical for public authorities, as well as students and researchers in this field. In order to equip students and public authorities with a fair amount of knowledge, many undergraduate programs were established after the war, mostly in English speaking countries, which led to the drastic proliferation of academic journals, along with that of conferences and workshops on public policy analyses. Even though the developments in public policy education were boosted in such a prolific environment, this progress has been somewhat stagnant in Turkey until 2000, when higher education institutions began scheduling public policy courses in their political science and/or public administration departments.

Public policy education activities in Turkey have gained significant momentum in recent years, which resulted in a prominent increase in the number of published academic papers. This interest in the public policy field is being carried even further by public policy workshops, which have been taking place since 2009. These developments will be beneficial for both the education and practice of this field in the long-term; however, Turkey’s current status in terms of global engagement and institutionalism in terms of public policy field is rather unsatisfactory. “Public Policy Analysis in Turkey: Past, Present and Future” intends to introduce the international reader to the national policies of Turkey by presenting different levels of Turkish national policy analyses under 26 chapters, in which Turkish academicians and practitioners delve into...

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