Günel, Özgür
This thesis aims to analyze the role of the think tanks in the foreign policy making processin Turkey. Also, thisthesis aimsto provide an overview of how think tanks are used in Turkey reflecting on a new perspective for their future use. In this sense, it is intended to find a theoretical approach that aims to explain the think tank phenomenon on Turkish foreign policy making. To do that, think tanks in Turkey are compared to similar examples in America, England, Central Asia and Latin America. In contrast to the other studies in the literature, this one proposes to analyze the complex liaison between think tanks and foreign policy making by making use e of a holistic approach based on a Neo-Gramscian perspective. In this respect, to make this analysis on a holistic theoretical understanding possible, this thesis delves into the historical development of the think tanks in Turkey, and analyzes their economic resources.


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Citation Formats
Ö. Günel, “A GRAMSCIAN PERSPECTIVE ON THE ROLE OF THINK TANKS IN FOREIGN POLICY MAKING,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2021.