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Economic and Social Impacts of South East Anatolia Project: Gap And Beyond


  • Elmas Arslan, Gülen

    () (Department of Economics, Hitit University, Corum-Turkey)

  • Pulan, İlkay

    () (Department of Economics, Hitit University, Corum-Turkey)


This study analyses how the Regional Plan affects the social and economic lives of residents of South East Anatolia. The study particularly focuses on GAP (South East Anatolian Project in Turkish acronym), which covers regional policies and plans for the economic and social spheres of the South East Anatolia Region in both rural and urban areas. In this study, there have been two industrial inventory studies of GAP region in line with two projects conducted by Elmas (et al.) in 1999 and 2009. The Regional Development Plan (GAP) has changed the level of economic development, social life and urbanization in the region. The first section of this article mainly discusses GAP’s historical process as shaped by structural economic understanding before and after the 1980s. The major transformation experienced within the scope of GAP has been shaped by the changing role of the state in the project’s implementation, which goes hand in hand with understanding the ‘new regionalism’ that has emerged since the 1980s. Implementing neoliberal economic policies and globalization has brought significant changes in both the economic and social lives of the project’s beneficiaries. In this sense, in the following sections, in light of two previous inventory studies, we argue that there have been some development for GAP region in terms of agricultural and industrial investments, urbanization and migration comparing to other regions of Anatolia.

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  • Elmas Arslan, Gülen & Pulan, İlkay, 2014. "Economic and Social Impacts of South East Anatolia Project: Gap And Beyond," Journal of Regional Development and Planning, Rajarshi Majumder, vol. 3(1), pages 19-34.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:jrdpin:0023

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    1. Ash Amin, 1999. "An Institutionalist Perspective on Regional Economic Development," International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 23(2), pages 365-378, June.
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    Regional development; Socio-economic monitoring; Information technologies;

    JEL classification:

    • C89 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Data Collection and Data Estimation Methodology; Computer Programs - - - Other
    • L86 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Information and Internet Services; Computer Software
    • O20 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Development Planning and Policy - - - General
    • R58 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Regional Development Planning and Policy


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