1st Edition

Turkey and the European Union Processes of Europeanisation

By Yonca Özer, Çigdem Nas Copyright 2012

    The accession of Turkey to the EU presents a fascinating case study for all those with an interest in europeanisation. Officially recognised as a candidate for full membership in 1999 Turkey's negotiations with the EU have been protracted and highly controversial. Turkey and the European Union: Processes of Europeanisation offers a coherent and focussed account of Turkey's recent relations and accession negotiations with the EU. Europeanisation as an explanatory tool is used to review how the EU has successfully induced change in Turkish policies and institutions whilst careful analysis is also conducted into where europeanisation has failed and explores how it may even have inadvertently contributed to forming a backlash against accession. Authoritative local and International contributors provide in-depth analysis as to why the process has had such a varied impact across a range of policies and institutions and ask, given the high costs of joining the EU and decreasing incentives, if europeanisation can still exert an influence in the future. Despite Turkey's unique geographical and political position between East and West the relationship with the EU is not a case sui generis. This book offers valuable insights on the effectiveness of europeanisation for all those within and without the framework of the European Union.

    Contents: Preface; Introduction, Çigdem Nas and Yonca Özer; Europeanisation meets Turkey: a case of sui generis?, Tanja A. Börzel; Europeanisation of identity: the case of the rebuffed candidate, Çigdem Nas; The EU's impact on democratisation in Turkey: Europeanisation through political conditionality, Yonca Özer; Turkish constitutional transformation and the EU: Europeanisation towards constitutionalism?, Bertil Emrah Oder; Europeanisation of civil society in Turkey during the accession process to the European Union, Selcen Öner; From EU conditionality to domestic choice for change: exploring Europeanisation of minority rights in Turkey, Gözde Yilmaz; Contribution to the Europeanisation process: demands for democracy of second wave feminism in Turkey, Sevgi Uçan Çubukçu; Social policy in the EU and Turkey: the limits of Europeanisation, Dmitris Tsarouhas; Europeanisation of Turkish environmental policy with special reference to sustainability discourse, Rana Izci; Europeanisation of Turkish foreign policy after more than 10 years of EU candidacy, Özlem Terzi; Turkey's Cyprus policy: a case of contextual Europeanisation, Alper Kaliber; Europeanisation and migration and asylum policies in Turkey, Catherine Macmillan; Conclusion, Çigdem Nas and Yonca Özer; Index.


    Çigdem Nas is a Lecturer and Associate Professor at the Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey, Yonca Özer is an Assistant Professor at Maramara University, Istanbul, Turkey.

    ’The prospect of Turkey joining the EU prompts deeper and more complex questions - of identity, will and capability - than ever faced before in the enlargement process. This volume offers expert insight into many of these critical dimensions, exploring sensitive and under-researched domains in an accessible manner. It deserves to be read by all concerned with the future of the European project.’ Kevin Featherstone, London School of Economics, UK ’Can the Europeanisation of Turkey progress in the absence of a credible EU accession perspective? For a broad range of issues and policy areas, this volume shows convincingly how the EU’s role has changed from direct impact to context factor for domestic politics. Recommended reading for anyone interested in the development of Turkish politics.’ Frank Schimmelfennig, ETH Zurich, Switzerland ’Nas and Özer have brought together some of the finest scholarship on EU-Turkey relations to produce the most comprehensive volume on the Europeanisation of Turkey to date. Building on the latest developments in Europeanisation theory, the contributors explore all relevant sectors of Turkish society and politics in a comprehensive set of rich empirical case studies with theoretical ramifications far beyond the case of Turkey.’ Thomas Diez, University of Tübingen, Germany '... this edited volume provides a comprehensive source for understanding transformation in several policy fields and provides convincing answers... All in all, this book is a great contribution to the literature in several ways. First, it provides up to date info on various policy fields of Turkey’s transformation and the level of harmonization. Secondly, and more importantly, it provides a theoretically grounded picture of Turkey-EU relations in understanding domestic transformation. Although in the last decade there have been various researches on assessing Europeanization of Turkey in specific policy fields, compiling several of them in a book