Turkey's Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Öztiğ L. I.

in: Policy Styles and Trust in the Age of Pandemics, Nikolaos Zahariadis,Evangelia Petridou,Theofanis Exadaktylos,Jörgen Sparf, Editor, Routledge, London/New York , İstanbul, pp.59-79, 2022

  • Publication Type: Book Chapter / Chapter Research Book
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Publisher: Routledge, London/New York 
  • City: İstanbul
  • Page Numbers: pp.59-79
  • Editors: Nikolaos Zahariadis,Evangelia Petridou,Theofanis Exadaktylos,Jörgen Sparf, Editor
  • Yıldız Technical University Affiliated: Yes


This paper examines the structural and behavioral dynamics in Turkey’s policymaking

to test the argument that policy style and political trust interact to determine

Turkey’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. More specifically, it looks

at whether Turkey’s administrative policy style that shapes normal policymaking

through norms, “standard operating procedures,” and institutional arrangements

is reflected in the management of the pandemic which is classified as extraordinary

policymaking (Chapter 1 in this book). This paper is informed by the

premise that politico-administrative decision-making processes are affected by

the structure of administrative organization (Clemens and Cook 1999; Howlett

and Tosun 2019).