A democratisation project in the age of neoliberalism: the historical specificity of the Tüsiad reports

Güveloglu, Nazım
By the late 1990s, a democratisation project has come to the agenda in Turkey in relation to a possible membership to the European Union. This thesis analyses this democratisation project with special reference to the reports published by TÜSİAD accordingly. Within the scope of the thesis, as well as the theoretical bases of the reports, the motives behind TÜSİAD̕s support for this project will also be dealt with. It will be argued that, in order to grasp the specificity of both the democratisation project and TÜSİAD̕s support for it, it is necessary to take into account the characteristics of the historical process that these take place in; and, some key developments at the national and international contexts will be investigated in this direction. For this investigation, a relational approach based upon Nicos Poulantzas̕s state theory and Bob Jessop̕s conceptualisation of أhegemonic projectؤ will be made use of. The implications that the subject matters have for the form of state, form of regime, and class relations will be elaborated on.


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N. Güveloglu, “A democratisation project in the age of neoliberalism: the historical specificity of the Tüsiad reports ,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2003.