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This paper analyses Turkey's legislative reforms on violence against women (VAW) with particular focus on the European Union (EU) role and impact in triggering the reform process. By using a bottom-up Europeanization approach, the paper traces the reform process from the 1980s up until 2005 in terms of the interaction of external and domestic factors. The empirical evidence shows that the impact of external factors (be it the EU accession process or the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)) has been conditioned by the domestic factors and processes and it is hard to grasp the EU impact without considering its interaction with other domestic and external factors.


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B. Ozdemir, “The Role of the EU in Turkey’s Legislative Reforms for Eliminating Violence against Women: A Bottom-Up Approach,” JOURNAL OF BALKAN AND NEAR EASTERN STUDIES, pp. 119–136, 2014, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: