State Capacity, Foreign/Security Policy and Political Crisis in Turkey: The Promise of Administrative Reform

Author: Bülent Aras
The current crisis of Turkey’s foreign and security policy, and associated conflict resolution capability is to a considerable extent the result of the failure to accommodate the rivalry between the bureaucratic and societal-pluralist modes of policymaking. The rivalry and inability to institutionalize either mode has resulted in the political and institutional crises in foreign policy. The political crisis is the direct result of policy actors losing touch with, and to a certain extent disregarding, societal demands for policy making, utilizing a populist attitude in a way to reflect deepseated divisions and polarization in the country, as well as feeding into these divisions in order to extend one’s domestic hold on power. Click on the link to read more…
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