City-Region: New Dynamics in Regional Development - Edirne

Turkish Enterprise and Business Confederation (TÜRKONFED)
Türk Girişim ve İş Dünyası Konfederasyonu (TÜRKONFED)

Supported by Friedrich Naumann Foundation, findings of the report “City-Region: New Dynamics in Regional Development - From the Cities of Turkey Towards a Turkey of Cities”, prepared by Turkish Enterprise and Business Confederation (TÜRKONFED) and Istanbul Policy Center (IPC) were presented at a launch event on November 29th 2017 in Edirne hosted by Edirne Businessmen Association. TÜRKONFED Consultant Dr. Haluk Tükel and President of İstanbul Arbitration Association Mehmet Gün were speakers at the organized panel moderated by TÜRKONFED Secretary General Arda Batu. They discussed the key data findings of the report focusing on Thrace region.

In May 2016, Turkonfed, together with Istanbul Policy Center has founded “Local Democracy and Local Governance Forum”. The first project of the forum will be to publish a report that assesses the local governance model in Turkey. The report will look into the local administrative structures across Turkey and assess their strength and weaknesses. The main aim of the report is to make a set of proposals to increase the local democracy deficit in Turkey.

This two-stage research project, conducted by the Local Democracy and Governance Forum, set out with the intention of working on Turkey’s economic and administrative problems in the urban context, finding solutions and opening the issue to the public with a different perspective.

The aim of this long-term study, which will be conducted over a period of two years, is to understand the transformation of cities during Turkey’s globalization adventure and to analyze the parameters and conditions of a kind of restructuring that will open up the possibilities of capital accumulation emerging at the urban scale in accordance with economic efficiency and social inclusion principles. Thus, it aims to propose an alternative governance model to the current administrative structure, which will pave the way for cities to bring their potential to action in today's world.

This report includes the first stage of our research and provides an in-depth analysis of socio-economic data of twelve cities (Adana-Mersin, Ankara, Antalya, Bursa, Diyarbakir, Eskişehir, Gaziantep, Izmir, Kayseri, Konya, Samsun, and Van). This report is penned to reveal the dynamics and potentials of city-region formation in Turkey based on specific criteria.