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.
’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 Ã–zer 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 TÃ¼bingen, 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