Turkey’s Accession to the European Union

The Politics of Exclusion?

By Edel Hughes

© 2011 – Routledge

200 pages

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About the Book

Turkey’s accession to the European Union is undoubtedly one of the Union’s most contested potential enlargements. The narrative that dominates the debate surrounding this issue primarily relates to problems such as a lack of respect for fundamental human rights in Turkey, the Kurdish question and the continuing stalemate concerning northern Cyprus.

This book looks at these issues, but also proposes that a review of Turkey’s experience with the EU in its numerous incarnations suggests that these concerns may mask a deeper disquiet. Whilst there are several questions that Turkey must address, particularly in the area of human rights guarantees, the concerns which raise debates regarding Turkish membership are not issues that are unique to Turkey. Turkey’s EU experience also raises fundamental questions about religion and the EU project that have greater implication than simply Turkish accession. Through the lens of the Turkish example, this book addresses these broader questions, such as the nature of European ‘identity’, Europe’s Christian past, the limits of pluralism and the fundamental question of religion in the European public sphere.

This book will be of great interest to those engaged in research on European law and politics at undergraduate or postgraduate level. It is also aimed at academics with an interest in human rights and the European Union and with a regional interest in Turkey.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Weighing History: Turkey’s Path to Accession 2. A Rights-Based Approach? 3. Cyprus v Turkey 4. Lifting the Veil. Conclusion

About the Author

Edel Hughes is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Limerick, Ireland.

About the Series

Routledge Research in EU Law

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW000000
LAW / General
LAW016000
LAW / Comparative
POL035010
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Human Rights