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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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11 The Analysis of Turkish Public Administration Reform Policies by Using Hofferbert’s Funnel of Causality

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11   The Analysis of Turkish Public Administration Reform Policies by Using Hofferbert’s Funnel of Causality

Introduction

Actors using public power take decisions on public problems that concern the whole society based on the principle of “public interest”, and these decisions affect the whole society in some way. All social actors, who are the interlocutors of Public Policy, whether in an individual or institutional structure, are intended to understand and influence the policy formation process. The interest of social actors in public policies differs within the framework of the degree of how much they are affected by the public policies, or the benefits of these policies on them (Kraft & Furlong, 2013: 23).

Public policy making is a very complex process (Sabatier, 1991: 283; Easton, 1953; Anderson, 1984; Hill, 1997). The policy-making process, which deals with the demands put forward in relation to social problems as input by the power centres and produces policy for the solution of the problem, is shaped within a very complex network of relations. In order to make this process more understandable, various approaches and models originating from the United States of America (USA) have been developed and started to find a place in the discipline of public administration since the 1950s. One of the pioneering studies in public policy analysis is Laswell’s (1956) seven-stage analysis model, while another is David Easton’s (1957) political systems analysis approach, which covers the public policy process in a...

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