Global Governance of Policies Regarding NEETs and the Case of Turkey

Ertürk, Senem
Young people who are neither in education, employment or training (NEET) has emerged as a social policy problem in the last ten years around the world. Having emerged in the Great Britain by the end of 1990s and been adopted by the European Commission consequently, the NEET concept has also been introduced to Turkish policy agenda by the second half of 2010. This study aims to investigate the interest in the NEET concept and policies in Turkey from a perspective of global social policy and global governance paradigm. Correspondingly, the study focuses on the various actors in the policy design and implementation context and analyzes their approaches to the NEET phenomena along with the dynamics of how the international social policy context reflects on the national agendas. The analysis reveals that while Turkish NEET agenda turns out to be compatible with the global social governance of NEETs, the dimension of international cooperation and policy coordination does not resonate at the same level. The study also discusses the idiosyncratic dynamics of the causes and effects of Turkish NEET phenomenon and the policy implementation dimension in the Turkish context which are discrepant from the ones in developed economies where the phenomenon emerged as a result of the neoliberal governance rationale. It is thought that the NEET discussion holds significant potential to contribute to build a new and contemporary social policy paradigm on the global and national level in relation to living conditions of young people.


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Citation Formats
S. Ertürk, “Global Governance of Policies Regarding NEETs and the Case of Turkey,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2023.