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The term social innovation has recently gained popularity in Turkey, mostly due to the support of a limited number of NGOs and private sector organizations. There is very little political support for innovation, on the other hand, from the public sector. The AKP (the Justice and Development Party), for instance, which has had a parliamentary majority since November 2002, has done little to support innovation. There is still a lack of juridical infrastructure and a number of solutions which could be provided by government bodies remain unaddressed. For example, Turkey continues to lack of public addressee that is directly concerned with the subject of innovation.

Turkey’s economic climate offers a complex environment for innovators. Turkey is a rapidly developing country and the largest national economy in Central and Eastern Europe. Turkey's dynamic economy is a mix of modern industry and commerce along with a traditional agriculture sector that still accounts for about 30% of employment. It has a strong and rapidly growing private sector, yet the state remains a major participant in basic industry, banking, transport, and communication.

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