Reflections on the Pandemic in the Future of the World

Post-COVID-19 Period and New Institutional Politics in Turkey

Politics and political processes on the institutional ground is being deepened simultaneously with the change in the content and form. With the transition to an institutional culture based on a democratic norm that includes social dynamics, a new institutional political ground stands out, in which institutions emerged depending on the distribution of political and socio-economic power in society. The structural transformation of the state as a central institutional actor is, then, a product of this ground. A new phenomenon of change exists, indicating new perception regarding politics with a more participatory, more flexible, more social-based and more value-content. The situation in Turkey, while pointing to the ground not irrelevant from this explanation; however, it points out a structural basis that cannot be disconnected from its exclusive realities, created by its special context. This is an institutional basis shaped by the conflict of envision between the “statist center” and the “societal center”. At this point, it can be said that, in the process of institutional change of politics for a while, along other reforms, the Presidential system is a new phase in terms of a paradigmatic change regarding the mentality of the executive and the possibilities of operating the system based on sensitivity, effectiveness and flexibility on an institutional and administrative basis. This new institutional politics on the grounds of the administrative processes in the trajectory pointed out by the COVID-19 process in Turkey, is leaning to a pattern of interwoven keywords: coordination, governance. In this context, the concrete practice in Turkey, regarding what COVID-19 and post-COVID-19 periods show in total, is leaning on a base that identifies this new administrative model as the strategic path of its institutional politics.

Assoc. Prof. Abdurrahman Babacan
DOI: 10.53478/TUBA.2020.090