Consolidation of neoliberalism through political islam and its limits: The case of Turkey

Uzgoren, Elif
The Justice and Development Party (JDP) carries the neoliberal programme with a moderate form of Islam in Turkey since 2002 elections. This article aims to present a political economy reading of Turkey’s state-society formation historically through embarking on Gramscian historical materialism. It then questions how institutionalist and critical political economy literature debate the JDP rule. I shall argue that while the institutionalist political economy literature fails to explicate the JDP rule, critical political economy literature contributes to unravel market-oriented nature of the JDP policies and to debate limits to consolidating neoliberalism through political Islam.


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E. Uzgoren, “Consolidation of neoliberalism through political islam and its limits: The case of Turkey,” ODTÜ Gelişme Dergisi, vol. 45, no. 3, pp. 285–307, 2018, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: