STATEHOOD STRUGGLE WITHIN the CONTEXT of a PROTRACTED CONFLICT; POLITICAL ECONOMY of the TURKISH CYPRIOT CASE

2021-4
Öner Tangör, Neyyire Nilgün
The Cyprus Problem was predominantly studied as a protracted conflict of clashing nationalisms and the TRNC-Turkey relation was depicted as a “dependency relation” that developed between a core and a periphery. This thesis suggests an alternative reading for both issues and analyses their relationship from a critical political economy perspective based on a realist epistemology by using the “dialectical method of inquiry”. It considers the Cyprus problem not only as an intercommunal conflict but more pertinently as a statehood struggle that was shaped by, and also shaping in return, the uneven and combined development of capitalism (UCDC) on the island and by the contradictions of capitalism on a regional scale. TC statehood struggle is considered as a constellation of class struggle that was conditioned by cross-cutting and overlapping issues of ethnic cleavages and rising nationalisms and its closely linked to the GC statehood struggle hence they shall be analysed as complementary processes rather than competitive ones vis a vis UCDC on the island. The TC State is depicted as a capitalist social formation that is shaped by the changing relations of production, and the TC State-Turkey relationship is regarded as an “internal relation”, whose form and essence are constantly reproduced by hegemonic relations within the power bloc in the north, providing relative autonomy to the TC State vis a vis this bloc. The state and society in Cyprus are undergoing a neoliberal transformation in parallel to the rise of a new form of imperialism in the South Eastern Mediterranean after the 2000s that deepened the divide on the island across hydrocarbon politics.

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Citation Formats
N. N. Öner Tangör, “STATEHOOD STRUGGLE WITHIN the CONTEXT of a PROTRACTED CONFLICT; POLITICAL ECONOMY of the TURKISH CYPRIOT CASE,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2021.