1st Edition

Turkey and the EU: Accession and Reform

Edited By Gamze Avci, Ali Çarkoğlu Copyright 2013
    320 Pages
    by Routledge

    320 Pages
    by Routledge

    Turkish accession to the European Union is an important but controversial item on the agenda of the European Union. By focusing on the various domestic sources that drive Turkish politics, this comprehensive study of both classic and new topics supported by fresh, new insights fills a void in the current literature on Turkey-EU relations.

    This volume is a comprehensive, state of the art study of domestic politics and policies and their role in Turkey’s EU accession. Contributions are obtained from established scholars, acknowledged for their expertise in their respective fields. The content is structured along issues, dynamics, actors and policies that drive Turkish politics and it provides an integrated assessment of the dynamics in Turkey-EU relations to general readers, students and specialists in EU Enlargement and Turkish politics alike.

    Original contributions to ‘classic’ topics such as the customs union, human rights, military, civil society, public and elite opinion, political parties and the Kurdish issue are made by assessing the domestic sources of recent developments during the negotiations period. In addition, ‘new’ topics are included that previously have not been covered or analyzed in volumes on Turkish-EU relations such as the Alevi issue, European Turks, corruption in Turkey, and Turkish parliamentary elite opinion on Turkey and the EU.

    This book was published as a special issue of South European Society and Politics.

    Part I: Historical Perspectives

    1. EU from the Perspective of Turkish Political Development: A Conceptual Guideline (Gamze Avcı-Utrecht University and Ali Çarkoğlu-Sabanci University)

    2. Enlargement Driven Change: Lessons from the post-communist states adaptation to the European Union and their relevance for Turkey (Antoaneta Dimitrova, Leiden University)

    3. The Tanzimat and Sevres Syndromes (Hakan Yılmaz-Boğaziçi University)

    Part II: Constitutional and Administrative Reform

    4. Turkish-EU Odyssey and Political Regime Change in Turkey (Ersin Kalaycıoğlu-IPM Sabancı University)

    5. Is Corruption a Drawback to Turkey’s Accession to the EU? (Fikret Adaman-Boğaziçi University)

    Part III: Economy

    6. Economic Dynamics as a Source of Support for and Resistance against EU Reforms (Kamil Yılmaz-Koç University)

    7. The Role of Turkey in the European Energy Market within the Context of Economic Relations with Russia (Bahri Yilmaz-Sabanci University)

    Part IV: Human Rights and Minorities

    8. Human Rights and Turkey’s EU Accession Process, 2005-2010 (William Hale-Sabancı University)

    9.  The Kurdish Issue and Limits to EU Reform (Kemal Kirisci-Bogazici University)

    10.  Alevi Minority and the EU (Ali Çarkoğlu and Nazlı Çağın Bilgili-Sabancı University)

    Part V: Military and Foreign Policy

    11. EU Reforms and Political Autonomy of the Military in Turkey (Yaprak Gürsoy-İstanbul Bilgi University)

    12. Turkish Foreign Policy and its Domestic Determinants: The Role of the EU (Meltem Müftüler Baç-Sabancı University)

    13.  Challenges of Triangular Relations: The U.S., Europe, and Turkey’s EU Accession (Sabri Sayarı-Sabancı University)

    Part VI: Political Parties and Mass Public Opinion

    14. AKP: From EU-Mania to EU-Fatigue (Gamze Avcı-University College Utrecht)

    15. Social Democrats (Odul Celep-Isik University)

    16. Defending Turkey?: The Nationalist Movement Party and European Integration (Gamze Avcı-University College Utrecht)

    17. Diagnosing Trends and Determinants in Public Support for Turkey’s EU Membership (Ali Çarkoğlu-Sabancı University and Çiğdem Kentmen-Izmir University of Economics)

    18. European Turks as a Force in EU-Turkey Relations (Ayhan Kaya-Istanbul Bilgi University)

    Part VII: Elites, Civil Society and the Candidacy

    19. Between Reason and Emotion: Popular Discourses on Turkey’s Membership (Bernard Steunenberg, Simay Petek, Christiane Rueth- all Leiden University)

    20. Turkish Elites and the EU (Sait Aksit, and Ozgehan Senyuva, Middle East Technical University and Isik Gurleyen, Izmir University of Economics)

    21. Turkish Accession And Defining The Boundaries of Nationalism and Supranationalism: Discourses In The European Commission (Senem Aydın-Düzgit-Istanbul Bilgi University and Semin Süvarierol-Erasmus University)

    22. Turco-scepticism vs Turco-apathy? A Comparative Analysis of European Public and Elite Opinion (Ebru Canan Sokullu Bahcesehir University)

    23. Civil Society and EU Affairs in Turkey: Myths and Realities (Ahmet Icduygu, Koc University)

    24. Conclusions: Whither Turkey? Gamze Avcı - Utrecht University and Ali Çarkoğlu - Sabancı University


    Gamze Avcı is a lecturer at University College Utrecht at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. She received her MA, PhD, at the University of Georgia in the US and her MSc from the London School of Economics. Her areas of research are primarily Turkey’s relationship with the European Union and Turkish immigration to Western Europe.

    Ali Çarkoğlu is a professor of political science at the College of Administrative Sciences and Economics at Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey. He received his Ph.D. at State University of New York-Binghamton in 1994. His areas of research interest are comparative politics, voting behavior, public opinion and party politics in Turkey.