New Metropolitan Regime of Turkey

Published in: LEX LOCALIS – JOURNAL OF LOCAL SELF-GOVERNMENT Vol. 13, No. 3, pp. 845 – 873, July 2015; ISSN 1581-5374 Print/1855-363X Online © 2015 Lex localis (Maribor, Graz, Trieste, Split); Available online at http://journal.lex-localis.info

NEW METROPOLITAN REGIME OF TURKEY: AUTHORITARIAN URBANIZATION VIA (LOCAL) GOVERNMENTAL RESTRUCTURING

The political slogan of the AKP was “New Turkey, New Cities” toward the 30th March 2014 local elections. (AKP 2014) Under this title, in fact, nothing more than the numbers showing the extent of actual and expected urban transformation and renewal projects was declared. While the declaration was underlining “uncontrolled and unplanned settlement structures” –which were obviously attributed as the characteristics of the pre-AKP period- the new 350 million dollar presidential palace (popularly known as Ak-Saray) was being erected in Ankara, against administrative court decisions. It was completed illegally and as an unlicensed symbolic building in autumn 2014, and started to host the new President, ex-Prime Minister of Turkey and his family, just a few months after the Presidential elections, which was carried on under the slogan of “New Turkey”. To the opinion of the author of this text, Law No. 6360, is one of the bridges of this continuum, solidifying “the center” and “the top”.

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