State, institutions and reform in Turkey after July 15

Aras, Bülent and Yorulmazlar, Emirhan (2018) State, institutions and reform in Turkey after July 15. New Perspectives on Turkey, 59 . pp. 135-157. ISSN 0896-6346 (Print) 1305-3299 (Online)

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The failed coup of July 15 has shocked the current state apparatus in Turkey. This shock has culminated in the public demand for administrative reform, which would make previous public designs and policy failures a matter of the past. The state crisis has transpired in the middle of a political transition process whereby the ruling party envisioned systemic change in the political system from the parliamentary to a presidential system. The constitutional amendments also imply changes in the administrative order, with further political hold on bureaucratic cadres. The coup attempt and the massive purges in its aftermath brought the state to its breaking point. In light of such deficits and challenges, this paper discusses the ways, means, and prospects for capacity development and institution-building to overcome the state crisis in Turkey. The reform and restructuring process entails cooperation and a level of understanding between the government, opposition, and bureaucracy. Polarization and disenfranchisement are recipes for further fragmentation in Turkish politics. A cooperative model based on a working relationship between the government, opposition, and bureaucracy would facilitate a return to normalcy.
Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: administrative reform; capacity development; government-bureaucracy relationship; institution building; July 15 coup attempt; political transition; state crisis; Turkey
Divisions: Istanbul Policy Center
Depositing User: Bülent Aras
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2023 11:43
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2023 11:43

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