The Effects of restructuring in the property development sector on urban processes: a case study on Erzurum and Kayseri

Dursun, Defne
Urban processes are affected by the relation between capital accumulation processes and the production of built environment. Capital-switching approach assumes that the capital flows into the built environment to overcome its overaccumulation problems. Besides, the investments made on built environment are accepted as the locomotive of the economic development through their backward and forward linkages. These economically reductionist mainstream approaches fail to explain the Turkish experience. This thesis discusses the effects of the construction-oriented development strategy of Turkey on localities through building sector and urban processes; starting from the end of 2002, through a comparative analysis of smaller sized regional centres instead of metropolitan ones. After a comparative analysis made between the provinces to observe the geographical effects of this strategy, Erzurum and Kayseri were selected according to their different features such as the composition of local economic structures, the size of construction investments, and the profiles of local building markets. Their local planning histories and plan implementation tools, the main determining factors of urban processes, revealed that the state had developed different relations with each of the cities regarding their strategies on the production of urban space. The thesis concluded that the construction-oriented development strategies do not provide economic development as it was assumed. The intervention of central government to local urban processes through varying methods provided the inclusion of the national developers to the local markets increasingly; and hindered the development of local developers. Therefore, despite the determination of the strength and aspect of the intervention of central government by local factors, the increasing volume of construction investments do not positively affect the local development.


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D. Dursun, “The Effects of restructuring in the property development sector on urban processes: a case study on Erzurum and Kayseri,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2015.