Policy styles and pandemic management: The case of Turkey


Öztiğ L. I.

European Policy Analysis, vol.1, no.1, pp.1-15, 2022 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 1 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1002/epa2.1155
  • Journal Name: European Policy Analysis
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index
  • Page Numbers: pp.1-15

Abstract

Using the concept of a policy style developed by Howlett and Tosun, this article explores the linkages between Turkey's policy style and its pandemic management. Turkey took both preemptive and restrictive measures with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic. Before the virus hit the country, flights to and from various countries including China were suspended, the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) was established, and a COVID-19 disease guide was prepared. After the virus entered the country, immediate restrictive measures, such as national lockdowns and international and intercity travel restrictions were put in place. Turkey adopted a centralized response to the pandemic with the President, the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Health, and the SAB acting as central players. From the perspective of policy style, this article shows how Turkey's general characteristics of policy-making processes have been reflected in its pandemic management policies.