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The Routledge Handbook of Turkish Politics

1st Edition

Edited by Alpaslan Özerdem, Matthew Whiting


528 pages | 9 B/W Illus.

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The Routledge Handbook of Turkish Politics pulls together contributions from many of the world’s leading scholars on different aspects of Turkey. Its scope is widely comprehensive, covering all aspects of both formal and informal politics, highlighting how it is necessary to grasp the interlinkages between the different themes in order to fully understand Turkey today.

Turkey is going through possibly the most turbulent period in its history, with major consequences both nationally and internationally. The country today 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 Eylm 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

About the Editors

Alpaslan Özerdem is Co-Director of the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University, UK. He is co-editor of Human Security in Turkey (Routledge, 2013); Local Ownership in International Peacebuilding (Routledge, 2015); co-author of Peacebuilding: An Introduction (Routledge, 2015), and co-editor of Conflict Transformation and the Palestinians: The Dynamics of Peace and Justice under Occupation (Routledge, 2017).

Matthew Whiting is a lecturer in comparative politics at the University of Birmingham. His research interests include the moderation and radicalisation of non-state armed groups, with a particular interest in the Kurds in Turkey and Sinn Féin and the IRA in Northern Ireland.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies