Turkish experience in privatization: the privatizations of large-scale state-economic enterprisesin the 2000s

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2010
Angın, Merih
Privatization, which is the most important component of neo-liberal policies since the 1980s, has been legitimized by the neo-liberal doctrine through a purely economic and technical terminology. Contrary to this, this thesis maintains that privatization is a highly political process, shaped by intertwined class- and identity-based interests in different countries. To support this argument, the thesis makes a comparative analysis of the privatizations of large-scale state economic enterprises in Turkey in the 2000s, namely Petrol Ofisi, TÜPRAŞ, ERDEMİR, Türk Telekom and PETKİM, as part of the neo-liberal transformation of the Turkish state. It concludes that the privatizations of large-scale SEEs in Turkey represent typical examples to what David Harvey terms as “accumulation by dispossession” throughout which wealth has been transferred from the laboring classes to capital by the active involvement of the state though the Turkish experience has its own historical specificities. Political preferences made by governments in charge since the late 1990s in general and by the Islamist AKP government after 2002 in particular have to be understood to make sense of these specificities. ay contribute to social transformation of the region in the long term.
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M. Angın, “Turkish experience in privatization: the privatizations of large-scale state-economic enterprisesin the 2000s,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2010.