Cash assistance by smart card: from multiple functions to multiple legitimacies of a municipal social policy instrument

Yildirim C. A.

TURKISH STUDIES, cilt.19, sa.4, ss.593-611, 2018 (SSCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Yayın Türü: Makale / Tam Makale
  • Cilt numarası: 19 Konu: 4
  • Basım Tarihi: 2018
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1080/14683849.2018.1454836
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.593-611


A policy instrument can take on multi-dimensional objectives as additional elements are added over time. I examine this through analysis of the support card' established by the Turkish district municipality of Baakehir. In this case, a market-based system of income support and instrument for partizan mobilization subsequently transformed into a technology demonstration project. The appearance of multiple objectives is the result of the juxtaposition of target audiences, including a European-based innovation network, low income urban residents, local businesses, and volunteers for the ruling Justice and Development Party (Adalet ve Kalknma Partisi, AKP) party. This analysis also contributes to a better conceptualization of the AKP's capacity to enhance its legitimacy beyond electoral mobilization.