My current research looks at the impact of politicization — political control by elected officials over bureaucracy — on policy formulation in health care. In a comparative case study of France and Turkey, I examine how different forms of political control affect the way in which health policies are formulated and health outcomes are shaped.
My dissertation asks two main questions: What explains variation in public bureaucracies’ performance under similar institutional settings facing politicization? And how do different forms of politicization inform policy advisory roles of expert-bureaucrats and shape policy outcomes in health?
Drawing on policy documents and more than 60 in-depth semi-structured interviews with high-ranked bureaucrats in the ministries of health in France and Turkey, my dissertation hypothesizes that a politicized bureaucracy can take several forms and its effects can vary across institutional settings, policy stages and policy fields.
Therefore a general statement about their impact on the policy process would neglect the variation in policy outcomes, which is overlooked by the existing literature.
Özge Uluskaradag won the Stein Rokkan Prize at the 24th International Political Science Association World Congress held in July 2016.