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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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22 Security Policy in Turkey


Emine Çeliksoy and Yiğit Anıl Güzelipek

22   Security Policy in Turkey


It is possible to answer the “what is the meaning of state?” question as a perfect organization which is founded for the security and the presence of the society. It is possible to reach two outputs from this definition. Firstly, state is a perfect organization, secondly state is founded for the security and presence of society (Bakırcı, 2000:5).

People’s security, trust and presence is generally based on the belief that they shall not experience any unexpected and unfair offense and violation (Polatcan, 2001:3). People can provide their fundamental rights and security via the state that they are connected. It is also possible to claim that the security of the rights of people is very much connected to the security of the state. Because of this reason it is very possible to evaluate the security concept under two subheadings. The first one could be the general security which means the security of citizens against potential threats. The second one could be the security of the state which can be also divided into two parts as internal and external security despite the fact that security is a one and only notion for the states.

States’ domestic and foreign policies have strong connections with their opportunity and threat perceptions. On the other hand, being aware of its strong and weak sides shall increase the success...

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