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The role of institutions in promoting public interest within the context of cultural and natural heritage conservation: the case of Gökova

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2009
Özdemir, Gizem Ergüç
This thesis discusses the role of institutions in promoting public interest within the context of cultural and natural heritage conservation. Due to the fact that the concept of public interest is controversial and may differ from one context to another, and that there are numerous institutions, the role of institutions in public interest promoting process limited to the context of conservation. A large number of public institutions develop policies that have significant implications for the conservation of cultural and natural resources in Turkey. The aim of these policies is to promote public interest by safeguarding natural and cultural assets. Moreover conservation institutions adopt different public interest approaches based on their establishment laws, therefore they carry out different activities to attain the objectives of their institutions. Consequently, promotion public interest by such institutions becomes even more ambiguous under these circumstances. Within this context, the Gökova case provides a good basis for the investigation of the ways in which public institutions conduct their activities in the quest to promote public interest.