Development of Social Policy in Bureaucratic Regimes and Attributed Roles


AMME IDARESI DERGISI, vol.50, no.3, pp.67-87, 2017 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 50 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Title of Journal : AMME IDARESI DERGISI
  • Page Numbers: pp.67-87


Development of social policy in a country is naturally directly related with the type of government, features of relationships among classes, and attitudes of the ruling class. While the universal civil rights constitute the essential foundation of social policies and welfare programs in democratic societies, social policy in authoritarian regimes may take on different roles and responsibilities. The main assumption of this study, which focuses on bureaucratic authoritarian regimes as a special type of oppressive regimes is the transformation of social policy from enabling social peace, justice, and integration to the means of provision of legitimacy and continuity of the regime itself. This unavoidably leads some certain social groups, who have the potential to threaten the regime, have welfare privileges and consequently, a fragmented social policy structure. In short, social policy is no more a "goal", but a "means" under bureaucratic authoritarian regimes.