Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Seminar Series opens with discussion on Turkey's Constitution

Seminar Series opens with discussion on Turkey's Constitution

The La Follette School of Public Affairs’ Seminar Series kicks off Wednesday, September 6, at 12:30 p.m. with a presentation by Oğuzhan Göktolga, an assistant professor at Inonu University in Turkey. He will discuss the 2017 Constitutional Amendment in Turkey: Changes, Reasons and Possible Reflections on Turkish Politics.

Göktolga and his family have lived in Madison since May, when he began a four-month honorary fellowship with La Follette School Director and Professor Don Moynihan. When Göktolga returns to Turkey, he plans to organize a symposium and write a book with colleagues in Turkey, Switzerland, Spain, and the United States that compares and contrasts the governing systems in these four countries.

Turkey’s Constitution has had 18 amendments since it was enacted in 1982. The most recent amendment – approved by 51.4 percent of voters in April 2017 – is probably the most important because it altered the core structure of Turkey’s administrative system. Göktolga will discuss the rationale behind this change from a parliamentary system to a presidential system and the possible impact on Turkish political life.

The Seminar Series continues Wednesday, September 20 with Caitlin Tulloch of the International Rescue Committee (IRC). She will discuss Cost Analysis of Humanitarian Action. As a technical adviser for IRC, Tulloch analyzes the efficiency of social programs in areas affected by conflict or extreme poverty.

She previously worked for the World Bank in Indonesia and as a policy analyst in the Poverty Action Lab at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). At MIT, Tulloch synthesized research results into actionable lessons for policymakers in foundations, aid agencies, and governments, and she developed a standard process for evaluating the cost-effectiveness of development interventions.

Each Seminar Series presentation typically is held at 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the La Follette School, 1225 Observatory Drive, Madison. They are free and open to the public.