President Ismet Inonu’s opening speeches of the Assembly comprises a very important period in terms of containing the Second World War and the transition to multi-party system. Although Turkey did not get involved in the Second World War, it felt the impact heavily as ifit got involved. Social policies, like other policies, emerged as a product of a new structuring process in the economy and social structure. Several economic measures taken to reduce the effects of the war had important impacts on social life such as black-marketeering, stockpiling and inflation. In this way, social policy implementations, like economic policies, primarily concerned civil servants, workers and small peasants of the society. Inonu's opening speeches of the Assembly had the characteristics of informing the Assembly and guiding the government. Inonu made significant evaluations towards social policies in these speeches which were also intended to inform the public through the Assembly. Within this scope, Inonu's speeches focused on various concepts from the point of social policies. These concepts were taxation system, land reform, struggling with infectious diseases and various legislative arrangements to adjustment of working life. In the opening speeches of Assembly, Inonu expressed the necessity of the economic measures taken by the government and desired public to save on and support. Social policy issues that Inonu emphasized in his speeches played an important role in shaping the social policies of later periods.
Ismet Inonu, Second World War, National Assembly, Minute Journal, Social Policy