Public Communication and the Right to Information in Turkey: A Panoramic Review after the Ten Years' Experiences

Hasdemir T. A.

AMME IDARESI DERGISI, vol.47, no.3, pp.111-144, 2014 (SSCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 47 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.111-144
  • Keywords: Political philosophy, modern state, the publicity of the administrative acts and actions, public communication, the right to information
  • Gazi University Affiliated: No


The nature of the relationship between the ruler and the ruled, how this relationship should be, and also the nature and features of government-citizen communication in the modern state structure have been subjects of many studies. The right to information, on the one hand, has important ties with the freedoms of thought and expression, and on the other hand, is closely related with the right to require of every public agent an account of her/his administration. The right to information comes to the fore with the, aim to serve publicity of acts and actions of political power as a public body and to make available the transformation of these acts and actions by the governed. In Turkey, the practices related with the right to information, as the instrument of making the acts and actions of the state "public", came to the agenda on the eve of 2000s, and as of 2014, and now, they are 10 years old. In the article, the right to information practices will be analyzed by considering the first ten years period of the practices, and also regarding the worldwide experiences and discussions around the issue.