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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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26 Change in Water Resources Management Policy in Turkey from Public Service to Commercial Good1

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Murat Demirel

26   Change in Water Resources Management Policy in Turkey from Public Service to Commercial Good1

Introduction

Water is one of the main sources of the sustainability of life. In addition to ensuring the survival of human and other living species, it is the most basic input of the planet and civilizations. It is not possible to talk about the existence and sustainability of life and civilizations without reaching the water. Humanity has to have a relationship with water for the artificial environment it creates. When this situation is examined historically, it is possible to see that being close to the water source is the only condition that allows the establishment and continuation of civilizations. Therefore, water is considered as an extremely valuable resource for artificial environment reinforcements as well as for the natural environment.

How to manage the resource is an important issue because of the benefits of water as a non-substituted resource. Policies and management model for the purpose of protecting and developing the resource should not reduce or eliminate the benefits of the resource, or, it should be paid attention not to reduce other benefits with applications that increase any benefit.

In general, the determinant of water management policies is the point of view towards the source. The policies to be preferred are guided by which benefits of water that are given more importance or need to be put forward. Water can be considered as a...

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