Deconstructing the EU's "Standards of Civilisation": The Case of Turkey


CEBECİ E. M.

ULUSLARARASI ILISKILER-INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, vol.16, no.64, pp.77-91, 2019 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 16 Issue: 64
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.33458/uidergisi.652949
  • Title of Journal : ULUSLARARASI ILISKILER-INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
  • Page Numbers: pp.77-91

Abstract

Arguing that the European Union's (EU) imposition of its norms and values on Turkey is a continuation of the logic of "European standards of civilisation", this article offers a second reading of European discourses about Turkey. It regards enlargement conditionality as an apparatus through which the EU constructs its own identity as "ideal" and its others as imperfect. Thus, it attempts to deconstruct the EU's standards of civilisation through three major lines on which they are built: the authoritative application of standards, unequal treatment and a geopolitical approach - as set by Hartmut Behr in 2007.