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The network governance approach and the activities of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Turkey

Kurt, Ömür
The aim of this thesis is to analyze the activities of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, one of the German political foundations in Turkey, within the context of the network governance approach. Several tools within this approach are used as heuristic devices to elaborate the relationships of the KAS in the Turkish political terrain. Among these tools, the concept of informality provides a crucial insight to explore the activities of the KAS. This thesis argues that the weight of informal, non-governmental mechanisms in policy-making processes is on the rise in Turkey and the KAS plays an important role in the establishment of such mechanisms. However, though the rise of these mechanisms has the potential to open up opportunies for participation in policy-making processes, in practice, partnerships established by the KAS hinder equal and broad-based participation since they are based on ideological commonality and thus, closed to outside.