The author gratefully acknowledges the insightful feedback received from Neil Brenner, Jamie Peck, İbrahim Gündoğdu and three IJURR reviewers on the earlier versions of this article. The usual disclaimers apply.
Continuity and Change in Public Policy: Redistribution, Exclusion and State Rescaling in Turkey
Article first published online: 17 MAY 2013
© 2013 Urban Research Publications Limited
International Journal of Urban and Regional Research
Volume 37, Issue 4, pages 1123–1146, July 2013
How to Cite
Bayirbağ, M. K. (2013), Continuity and Change in Public Policy: Redistribution, Exclusion and State Rescaling in Turkey. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 37: 1123–1146. doi: 10.1111/1468-2427.12000
- Issue published online: 20 JUN 2013
- Article first published online: 17 MAY 2013
- state rescaling;
- systemic crises;
This article discusses potential reasons for the continuities in the broader policy agendas of capitalist states, despite radical shifts in economic policies, by employing the state-rescaling framework. Its main thrust is that, even though centrally designed policy programs mainly aim to give direction to the dynamics of the market economy, the institutional (re)structuring needed to operationalize such policy measures has been shaped around a politics of redistribution, a product both of the exclusionary results of past policies and the negative results of the newly introduced policy programs. This dialectical tension turns state rescaling into a political exercise in solving, and reproducing, ‘systemic crises’. The article examines the history of state rescaling in Turkey to develop these arguments.