This book makes the case for looking afresh at Turkey-EU relations in order to appreciate the richness and complexity of a relationship which is now more than 50 years old and is still not close to reaching fulfilment. The contributors challenge conventional attempts to understand Turkey-EU relations, revealing that EU integration studies has been rather poor at understanding the global context within which Turkey-EU developments take place. More surprising perhaps, EU integration studies has also struggled to give sufficient weight to the potential of Turkey’s domestic politics to shape EU enlargement. The volume attempts to correct these imbalances by offering both a global context and new perspectives on the drivers of domestic politics. It represents a shift from a narrow EU integration/enlargement agenda. Turkey’s position vis-a-vis the EU cannot be adequately captured by simplistic notions of conditionality, harmonization, and an uncritical interpretation of Europeanization. A more rounded view of Turkey-EU relations is advanced based upon a broader context of European and global transformations. The contributions, collected here, offer an interpretation of Turkey-EU relations from a novel perspective, utilize a new framework of theory, and draw upon insights and perspectives from disciplines underrepresented in mainstream study of Turkey-EU relations.
This book was published as a special issue of the Journal of Contemporary European Studies.
Table of Contents
1. Editorial: New Perspectives on Turkey – EU Relations 2. Constructing Turkey Inc.: The Discursive Anatomy of a Domestic and Foreign Policy Agenda 3. Ombudsmanship and Turkey’s Europeanization in ‘World Society’ 4. Resisting Anamnesis: A Nietzschean Analysis of Turkey’s National History Education 5. A Bakhtinian Approach to EU – Turkey Relations 6. Turkey’s Path to EU Membership: An Historical Institutionalist Perspective 7. Kurdish Transnational Politics and Turkey’s Changing Kurdish Policy: The Journey of Kurdish Broadcasting from Europe to Turkey 8. The Post-westernisation of EU – Turkey Relations
Chris Rumford is Professor of Political Sociology and Global Politics at Royal Holloway, University of London where he is also Director of the Centre for Global and Transnational Politics. He is also a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Contemporary European Studies. His research interests include Turkey-EU relations, Europe’s shifting borders, globalization theory, cosmopolitanism, and the politics of cricket.