This thesis investigates the hegemonic struggles in European football. This study aims to unfold how the global popularity of sport, specifically football have been utilized by various actors both with in/out the global field of sport to establish a hegemonic order and to expand it. The process of commodification and internationalization have caused football to become a contested field where there is a constant struggle for hegemony between the elite football clubs and the UEFA. This struggle revolves around the UEFA Champions League, the premier European level competitions and the apex of football in the world. The elite football clubs have tried to formulate a breakaway league in which they can group the best teams in Europe so that a much more competitive, more prestigious, and a more revenues can emerge at the expense of a further alienation of the fans, rupture in the existing hierarchical and institutional order in the European football. However, this pursuit driven by purely greed and endless pursuit of glory have crumbled, and the current hegemonic order in the European football is maintained which is designed and progressed, and utilized by the European Union to implement its hegemonic projects through its institutional capacity and power.


The essence of EU strategy in South East Europe : The Republic of Macedonia
Atay, Niyazi Güneş; Bağcı, Hüseyin; Department of International Relations (2004)
This thesis examines the South East European policy of the European Union, which promoted the prospect of a ءUnited Europe̕. After the end of the bipolar world system, the ultimate aim of the East European countries has been the integration into the European Union. The transition and integration process, that they initiated in accordance with this aim, made up the basis of their relations with the Union. Nevertheless, the South East European countries, which became a sub-region within East Europe, joined to...
The intellectual framework of the ‘European New Right’ and European Integration
Kurtoğlu, Mete; Okyayuz, Mehmet; Department of Political Science and Public Administration (2009)
This thesis aims to analyze the ideology of the “European New Right” (Nouveille Droite) and its attempt to establish its cultural hegemony on European integration. The revival of the radical right-wing parties after 1980s and the rise of xenophobia have emerged as a fundamental threat to European democracy. The study of such developments and the measures taken to combat right-wing extremism, however, should not be limited to political parties and activists. The intellectual framework of the contemporary rad...
The Greek political elite and the European identity: impact of the debt crisis
Çengel, Esra; Ünlü Bilgiç, Tuba; Department of European Studies (2018)
This thesis aims to analyze the possible impact of the 2008 Greek Debt Crisis on the Greek elites’ perception of belonging to the European identity. It will argue that the 2008 Debt Crisis has negatively affected the Greek elites’ perception of identity. It is assumed that this negative change has been reflected in their discourses throughout the crisis. Therefore, this thesis will try to demonstrate the change through discourse analysis of the political elites’ speeches from 2002 to 2015. In doing so, it w...
The impact of the single currency upon European identity
Kazancı, Ahmet Koray; Yurdusev, Ahmet Nuri; Department of European Studies (2007)
This thesis aims at evaluating the impact of euro upon European identity. By analyzing the theory of identity and the concept of money, this thesis reveals the relationship between currency and collective identity and applies this logic to the dynamics between euro and European identity. In order to grasp a better understanding, the thesis studies some selected member states in more depth and evaluates each one within their special circumstances. The findings of this thesis suggest that the constructive imp...
The genesis of think-tank culture in Turkey: past, present and future?
Aydın, Aziz; Altunışık, Hüseyin; Department of International Relations (2006)
This thesis analyses the emergence and evolution of the think-tanks in Turkey. It seeks primarily to answer to whether or not it is possible to mention ‘a think-tank culture’ in Turkey. After the definition, characteristics and types of the think-tank term are debated, the historical background of think-tanks all over the world is analyzed. The thesis looks at similarities and differences among the think-tanks in and outside Turkey in terms of their size and areas of specialization. It also tries to find ou...
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