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Conditionality, the EU and Turkey
From Transformation to Retrenchment

ISBN 9780367665807
Published September 30, 2020 by Routledge
222 Pages

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Book Description

Turkey has been a critical case to study to assess the impact of EU conditionality on non-member states, but has lost its visibility following the debates on the detachment of Turkey from the EU gradually since 2005.

This book studies Turkey–EU relations in the area of foreign policy from 1987 when Turkey applied for full membership and expanding to the present-day retrenchment of Turkey from the EU. It provides a unique perspective in looking to explain the entirety of the EU–Turkey relations during this period, covering both transformation and retrenchment of Turkish foreign policy from the EU requirements. The book further illustrates that the conditionality mechanism is still relevant to study EU–Turkey relations, and when applied systematically, can map both attachment and detachment from the EU. It is also critical to understand how Turkey has distanced itself from the EU gradually and incrementally.

This book is of key interest to scholars and students of EU foreign policy, Turkish foreign policy, conditionality, foreign policy analysis, Turkish–EU relations, the ENP and more broadly to international relations.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Understanding the Europeanisation of National Foreign Policy in Non-Member States  2. Conditionality, EU and Non-Member States  3. The Case of Turkey: Framework and Analysis  4. Turkey’s Alignment with the Common Foreign and Security Policy  5. Compliance with the Principle of Peaceful Settlement of Disputes  6. High Profile Official Visits  7. Turkey as a Peacemaker: Mediation and Official Development Assistance   8. Discursive Change: Analysis of Foreign Policy Statements  9. Conclusion

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Rahime Süleymanoğlu-Kürüm is Associate Member at Nottingham Interdisciplinary Centre for Economic and Political Research, at the University of Nottingham, UK. She holds a PhD in Politics and International Relations from the University of Nottingham. Her research in international relations include Europeanisation, EU foreign policy, Turkish foreign policy, gender and diplomacy.


"This book provides a fascinating account of the impact of EU conditionality on Turkish foreign policy in the long duree. It is a must read for those working on EU enlargement policy, EU-Turkey relations and Turkish foreign policy." - Senem Aydin-Düzgit, Associate Professor of International Relations, Sabanci University, Turkey.

"Conditionality, the EU and Turkey: From Transformation to Retrenchment presents a fascinating, longitudinal analysis of Turkish foreign policy in the context of EU integration. Starting with Turkey’s application for EU membership, the book identifies the incremental attachment to and detachment from the EU, the power, limits and subtleties of conditionality in the area of foreign policy. Conditionality, the EU and Turkey provides essential reading for students and practitioners with interest in the Europeanisation of Turkey and other non-member states." - Jan-Hinrik Meyer-Sahling, University of Nottingham, UK.