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The Routledge Handbook of Turkish Politics




ISBN 9781315143842
Published April 18, 2019 by Routledge
514 Pages - 9 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Routledge Handbook of Turkish Politics pulls together contributions from many of the world’s leading scholars on different aspects of Turkey.

Turkey today  is going through possibly the most turbulent period in its history, with major consequences both nationally and internationally. The country looks dramatically different from the Republic founded by Atatürk in 1923. The pace of change has been rapid and fundamental, with core interlinked changes in ruling institutions, political culture, political economy, and society. Divided into six main parts, this Handbook provides a single-source overview of Turkish politics:

  • Part I: History and the making of Contemporary Turkey
  • Part II: Politics and Institutions
  • Part III: The Economy, Environment and Development
  • Part IV: The Kurdish Insurgency and Security
  • Part V: State, Society and Rights
  • Part VI: External Relations

This comprehensive Handbook is an essential resource for students of Politics, International Relations, International/Security Studies with an interest on contemporary Turkey.

Table of Contents

Introduction  
PART I: HISTORY AND THE MAKING OF CONTEMPORARY TURKEY 
1. Turkish Politics: Structures and Dynamics Samim Akgönül & Baskin Oran 
2. Turkey’s Never Ending Search for Democracy İlter Turan 
3. Turkish Secularism: Looking Forward and Beyond the West Murat Somer 
4. Political Islam Kristin Fabbe & Efe Murat Balıkçıoğlu 
5. The Politics of Turkish Nationalism: Continuity and Change Durukan Kuzu 
PART II: POLITICS AND INSTITUTIONS 
6. Elections, Parties and the Party System Ersin Kalaycıoğlu 
7. The Presidency: From Independence to the AKP Menderes Çınar & Nalan Soyarık Şentürk 
8. Civil Military Relations Metin Heper 
9. NGOs and Civil Society Markus Ketola 
10. The Media and Media Policy Eylem Yanardağoğlu 
PART III: THE ECONOMY, ENVIRONMENT AND DEVELOPMENT 
11. Political Economy Alu Burak Güven 
12. Energy Security and Policy: Between Bandwagoning and Hedging H. Akın Ünver 
13. The Politics of Environment and Climate Change Ümit Şahin
14. The Eonomic Role of Cities Stephen Karam 
15. Governing the Diaspora(s) and the Limits of Diaspora Diplomacy Bahar Başer 
16. Disaster Management Policy and Governance Helena Hermansson & Naim Kapucu 
PART IV: THE KURDISH INSURGENCY AND SECURITY  
17. The Kurdish Question Zeynep N. Kaya & Matthew Whiting 
18. The Kurdish Insurgency David Romano 
19. The Perennial Kurdish Question and Failed Peace Processes Cengiz Çandar 
20. Terrorism, Counter-Insurgency and Societal Relations Gareth Jenkins 
21. The Village Guard System: Counter-Insurgency and Local Collaboration Evren Balta 
22. The 15 July 2016 Failed Coup and the Security Sector Yaprak Gürsoy 
PART V: STATE, SOCIETY AND RIGHTS 
23. Human Rights Zehra F. Kabasakal Arat 
24. Politics and the Women’s Movement Sevgi Adak 
25. Religious Minorities Samim Akgönül 
26. Religious Education Bekir S. Gür 
27. The Transformation of Health and Healthcare Enis Bariş 
PART VI: EXTERNAL RELATIONS 
28. Foreign Policy, 1923-2018 Mustafa Aydın 
29. Resetting Foreign Policy in a Time of Global Turmoil E. Fuat Keyman 
30. Turkey and its Neighbours in the Middle East: Iran, Iraq and Syria Behlül Özkan 
31. US-Turkish Relations in Turmoil Kemal Kirişci 
32. Turkey and Russia Pavel K. Baev 
33. Forgotten Promises and the Possibilities for Reviving Relations between Turkey and the EU Füsun Özerdem 
34. Turkey’s Cyprus Policy in Transition Birol A. Yeşilada 
35. Turkey-NATO Relations: Strategic Imperatives, Identity-Building and Predicaments Müge Kınacıoğlu 
36. Turkey and UN Peace Keeping Missions Haluk Karadağ 
37. Turkey as an Emerging Global Humanitarian and Peacebuilding Actor Alpaslan Özerdem   
Conclusion 

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Biography

Alpaslan Özerdem is Professor of Peacebuilding and Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research at Coventry University, UK. He is co-editor of Human Security in Turkey (2013); Local Ownership in International Peacebuilding (2015); co-author of Peacebuilding: An Introduction (2015), co-editor of Conflict Transformation and the Palestinians (2017) and co-editor of Comparing Peace Processes (2019).

Matthew Whiting is a lecturer in comparative politics at the University of Birmingham. His research examines the moderation and radicalisation of non-state armed groups, with a particular interest in Turkey and Northern Ireland. His recent work has appeared in Government and Opposition, Middle East Policy and Ethnopolitics, as well as a book entitled Sinn Féin and the IRA. From Revolution to Moderation (2018).