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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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9 The Analysis of Contracted Public Personnel Policy of Turkey

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Hava Tahtalıoğlu and Hüseyin Özgür

9   The Analysis of Contracted Public Personnel Policy of Turkey

Introduction

The term contracted public personnel covers the employees who are temporarily employed for mandatory and exceptional duties requiring specialized professional knowledge and expertise. The arrangements for contracted personnel, which came into the agenda in Turkish public administration mainly during the 1980s, aim to help the privatisation of the State Economic Enterprises (SEEs). Over time, the employment of contracted personnel has a tendency to replace the civil service status, which is the primary form of public employment in Turkey. The employment of contracted personnel has become a widespread and diversified status in many public sector institutions. Its contemporary examples are frequently encountered in local authorities, specialisation institutions, and the academic communities. Now, the majority of the temporary staff in public sector are assigned to contracted status.

Contracted public personnel system in Turkey was widely implemented mostly in state economic enterprises in the past; however, the widespread privatisation of them lead to significant decline in the number of contracted personnel. On the other hand, the number and use of contracted personnel in other public organisations, such as universities, health and education sectors are in the increasing trend (Serim, 1989; Eren, 2009; Sayan & Albayrak, 2011; Sayan & Küçük, 2012; Albayrak, 2017; Alkuş, 2018; Kayar, 2018). The contracted personnel regime has been perceived as a more secure status than temporary staff in some institutions...

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