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All the President’s Men: a number of “A-Teams” for policy making

Thus, Turkey will become more of a centralized state that partly eliminates current state bureaucracy in decision making, at times perhaps bypassing the parliament. The many presidential advisers already support Erdogan to the point of clashing with ministers sometimes will now have official titles and more power on Turkey’s domestic and international affairs in a more organized manner.

All the President’s Men: a number of “A-Teams” for policy making

As Turkey has switched to the presidential government system following the June 24 election that empowered President Erdogan, the details of the governing system is coming to light these days.  While the number of ministries will be reduced to 16, four office units, nine boards and eight presidential units will be established. These units will provide information to President Erdogan in developing new policies for the future of Turkey working as think-tanks.  These units will work to create new policies for almost every topic from economy to legal system, social life to diplomacy.

As per the daily Sabah, President Erdogan will appoint ministers and vice president from outside the parliament.

Under the new governmental system, the mentioned “offices” will work as think-tanks. The focus will be on investments, finance, digital transformation, human resources and on the economy in general while as per Daily Sabah, economists, sociologists, technocrats regardless of their political thoughts, will all work together in these offices with experts in their fields.

The nine political councils of the presidency will act as strong advisory bodies. There will be many venue consultation mechanisms, from economics to sanctity, health to safety, to foreign politics, to develop political suggestions.

The Strategy and Budget Department will closely monitor the budget performance. From the Central Bank to the upper boards, every economic decision will be monitored to estimate the impact of economic decisions on the budget.

In the office structuring, names from the 36 existing consultants of the President will also be included. The Treasury and the Ministry of Finance will work directly with the Finance Office. It will be the locomotive of the energy, commerce, transportation, tourism and health economy.

The Economic Policy Board will serve as a powerful economic advisory body. It will pass on the policies produced to the President. The Security and Foreign Policy Committee on the other hand, will produce more effective policies that will improve Turkey’s global the position.

Thus, Turkey will become more of a centralized state that partly eliminates current state bureaucracy in decision making, at times perhaps bypassing the parliament. The many presidential advisers already support Erdogan to the point of clashing with ministers sometimes will now have official titles and more power on Turkey’s domestic and international affairs in a more organized manner.

Whether such changes could be effective and sustainable is to be seen, soon.

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