Talk by Assist. Prof. Volkan Yılmaz - The Politics of Healthcare Reform in Turkey - 23.03.2018, 14:30, İB 204


Please join us for the presentation by

Assist. Prof. Volkan Yılmaz

on his book,

“The Politics of Healthcare Reform in Turkey”

Date: Friday, March 23, 14:30 - Place: İB 204

Volkan Yilmaz is an Assistant Professor of Social Policy and the Director of Social Policy Forum Research Centre at Bogazici University, Istanbul. Yilmaz took his BA degrees in Political Science & International Relations and Sociology from Bogazici University, MA degree in Modern Turkish History from Bogazici University, and PhD degree in Politics from the University of Leeds. His latest book, The Politics of Health Care Reform in Turkey, has been published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2017. Yilmaz’s academic interests include the politics of social policy reforms, health care policies, immigration, humanitarian assistance and social policies, disadvantaged groups and social policies.


Book Abstract:

Contemporary healthcare reforms are complex political processes within which a multitude of actors negotiate whether and to what extent healthcare services remain a social right or a commodity. The transformation in the healthcare system in Turkey since 2003 has been one of them, which has been portrayed as a benchmark for building universal healthcare systems in emerging market economies by international organizations such as World Health Organisation and the World Bank. The paper explores the political dynamics of the transformation in the healthcare system in Turkey since 2003 and addresses the following questions: What were the political dynamics that enabled the reform? What political conflicts did the reform generate? How and to whose benefit have these conflicts been resolved?