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 Research Projects at the MPIfG

Gendered Influences on Labor Market Policies in Turkey

Elifcan Çelebi


 
Gender perspectives have had a growing influence on policy studies. The complex and contradictory gendered nature of Turkey’s labor market transformation requires attention. Policies targeting women have been expanding rapidly since the beginning of the first decade of the twenty-first century, when the ruling party AKP came into power. However, the changing direction of policies indicates influences from multiple, and in some cases conflicting, political and economic motivations. The focus of this research is primarily to understand the idea-based and interest-based processes that were at play in the emerging gender architecture of Turkey. The major question this research tries to answer is why – and how – labor market policies targeting women have changed during the AKP-era in Turkey. The research uses systematic process analysis to examine the role of factors that influence the process of policy change. Since women’s engagement in the labor market reveals the conflicts between the public and the private domains, understanding the gendered nature of policy change in the labor market will shed light on the transformations in societal relations. Project duration: October 2017 to March 2021.
 

 
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