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Exempting the State and Responsibilizing Individuals during Pandemic Governance: Analyzing the Health Minister’s Responses to the Covid-19 Pandemic in Turkey

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dc.contributor.author Con Wright, Gülçin
dc.contributor.author Akgüloğlu, G. Ezgi
dc.date.accessioned 2022-03-03T15:44:51Z
dc.date.available 2022-03-03T15:44:51Z
dc.date.issued 2021-11
dc.identifier.issn 1363-4593
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12485/915
dc.description.abstract The COVID-19 pandemic pushed the governments of the world to implement different regulative and protective measures. Although these measures required serious re-considerations of public health strategies, they were still grounded on pre-existing contexts of countries' health systems, namely the "new public health" paradigm. Turkey's neoliberal health reforms since 2003 coincide with the principles of this paradigm's trends toward marketizing services and responsibilizing individuals; yet the Turkish context of the pandemic also stands out due to its mixed and unique form of governance. Utilizing the tweets of the Turkish Health Minister between March 13th and October 1st, 2020, we conducted a thematic qualitative analysis investigating the Turkish state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our analysis revealed that state responsibility was framed around building new pandemic hospitals, informing the public, and building trust. Conversely, his tweets assigned Turkish individuals an active role in shaping pandemic outcomes through their "informed" and "empowered" agency. Finally, he coined "togetherness," referring to the sum of individual actions, as an indispensable goal in assuring public compliance with precautions. The Minister's tweets reflect the unique nature of pandemic governance in Turkey with a relatively imposing and swift response of centralized power but a primary focus on "responsibilized" individuals' collective actions. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD1 OLIVERS YARD, 55 CITY ROAD, LONDON EC1Y 1SP, ENGLAND en_US
dc.subject COVID-19 pandemic en_US
dc.subject Neoliberalism en_US
dc.subject New public health en_US
dc.subject Pandemic governance en_US
dc.subject Turkey en_US
dc.title Exempting the State and Responsibilizing Individuals during Pandemic Governance: Analyzing the Health Minister’s Responses to the Covid-19 Pandemic in Turkey en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.relation.journal HEALTH en_US


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