SOAS University of London

London Middle East Institute

Turkey in the Global Economy: Between Neoliberalism and Authoritarian Populism, 2000-2020

IMG - Bulent Gokay Book
Bülent Gökay (Keele University)

Date: 23 March 2021Time: 5:30 PM

Finishes: 23 March 2021Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Virtual Event

Type of Event: Webinar



Turkey in the Global Economy examines the transformation of Turkey over the past two decades, from an underdeveloped and weak economic power into an important regional player with a dynamic economy in global networks. In laying out this trajectory, I aim to deploy two optics: on the one hand, a broad view of Turkey in the context of what we refer to as the 'global shift' of political and financial power from the developed West/ North to the countries of the East/ South. This shift is most apparent in the emergence of the BRIC quartet, but I argue that it has also opened vital opportunities for other, middle-range regional powers such as Turkey, allowing them to enhance their regional and global influence. At the same time, the book provides a more granular focus on the political and economic transformation of Turkey itself. This has taken the form of a wide-ranging neoliberal reforms aimed at creating an export-oriented industrial sector and restructuring Turkey's financial system. These external and internal processes are examined against the backdrop of a domestic scene in Turkey dominated by the AK party of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who paradoxically sought to advance the neoliberal agenda while co-opting traditionalist-Islamist elements into Turkey’s ruling elite.

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Turkey in the Global Economy: Between Neoliberalism and Authoritarian Populism, 2000-2020

About the speaker

Bülent Gökay is Professor of International Relations in Keele University and the founding editor of the Journal of Global Faultlines.  Among his publications are A Clash of Empires: Turkey Between Russian Bolshevism and British Imperialism (I.B. Tauris, 1996); The Politics of Caspian Oil (Palgrave, 2001); Soviet Eastern Policy and Turkey, 1920-1991 (Routledge, 2006); Unholy Alliance: Muslims and Communists in Post-Transition States (with Ben Fowkes, Routledge, 2011); and The Disintegration of Euro-Atlanticism and New Authoritarianism. Global Power Shift (with Vassilis Fouskas, Palgrave, 2019).


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Chair: Gilbert Achcar (SOAS)

Organiser: SOAS Middle East Institute

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