A PUBLIC POLICY ANALYSIS: TRANSFORMATION OF HEALTHCARE POLICY

Abstract

Author(s): Yasemin MAMUR I?IKI

Since late 19th century, the world has gone through a rapid process of transformation as a result of the crisis faced by capitalism. Neo-liberal policies, which, through their integration into political and governing structure of states as a result of the globalization process from the 1980’s onwards, have had a profound effect on the organizing bodies of governments and begun to implement changes aimed at transforming public administration in a way that state-controlled economical and social aspects in which goverments have an active role could be redesigned according to market demands, inducing further capital accumulation. To this end, all across the world, governments pursuing neo-liberal policies have introduced reforms in political, social, and legal structures. In this process of dramatic transformation, whereby governing bodies, values, and phenomena were commoditized according to market demands and needs for increasing capital accumulation and liquidity, the notion and policies of healthcare have also undergone a drastic change. This study aims to analyze the neo-liberal policies-induced transformation in healthcare system in Turkey. The process model used by Sabatier (2007) has been adopted for analyses, which describe how the idea of transformation in healthcare system was brought into question and how new policies were formulated, as well as the process and instruments of policy implementation, including the effects of the new policy on the parties involved.

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