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Turkish economic policy under AKP government: an assessment for 2002-2007


  • Ugur, Mehmet


This article agrees with the received wisdom that the rule of AKP government has been associated with better macroeconomic outcomes in Turkey from 2002-2007. However, it argues that it is necessary to question the received wisdom for several reasons. First, AKP government’s contribution to Turkey’s economic performance from 2002-2007 was largely due to its consent to ‘tie its hands’ under the pre-existing International Monetary Fund (IMF) and European Union (EU) accession conditionality rather than because of AKP-specific policy innovation. Secondly, AKP’s attempt at policy innovation after 2004 have been associated with less impressive economic outcomes. Finally, the AKP has been unsuccessful in addressing the structural constraints and vulnerabilities that threaten the long-run sustainability of Turkey’s economic growth and its macroeconomic stability.

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  • Ugur, Mehmet, 2008. "Turkish economic policy under AKP government: an assessment for 2002-2007," MPRA Paper 18235, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 29 Oct 2009.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:18235

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    1. Burcu GÜRCİHAN & Erdal YILMAZ, 2007. "Türkiye’de Kamu Borç Stokunun Yapısı: Orijinal Günah Göstergeleri ve Risk-Dahil Kamu Borç Yükü," Iktisat Isletme ve Finans, Bilgesel Yayincilik, vol. 22(251), pages 5-20.
    2. Hnatkovska, Viktoria & Loayza, Norman, 2004. "Volatility and growth," Policy Research Working Paper Series 3184, The World Bank.
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    Economic policy analysis; economic governance; inflation targeting; structural reforms; Turkish economy;

    JEL classification:

    • E02 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - General - - - Institutions and the Macroeconomy
    • H11 - Public Economics - - Structure and Scope of Government - - - Structure and Scope of Government
    • E63 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Comparative or Joint Analysis of Fiscal and Monetary Policy; Stabilization; Treasury Policy
    • D78 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Positive Analysis of Policy Formulation and Implementation


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