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The Transformation of the Higher Education System in Turkey after 2002: A Game Theoretic Analysis

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DOI: 10.4236/tel.2016.61012    3,901 Downloads   4,498 Views Citations

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The higher education system in Turkey suffered from capacity problem during the 1980s and the 1990s. After the election in 2002, to solve the problem, the Justice and Development Party governments have invested in higher education through opening new universities, increasing the total capacity in higher education, and sending more students abroad especially for graduate studies. In this paper, noting the conservative structure of the Justice and Development Party, we determine whether a dilemma exists between these liberal practices and the party’s conservatism. By constructing a one-period sequential game, we show that heavy investment in higher education by the Justice and Development Party is not contradictory and, in fact, inevitable, as long as it tries to maximize its vote in the short-medium run.

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Tuzen, Z. and Yurtseven, C. (2016) The Transformation of the Higher Education System in Turkey after 2002: A Game Theoretic Analysis. Theoretical Economics Letters, 6, 97-105. doi: 10.4236/tel.2016.61012.

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