De-Europeanisation or Counter-Conduct? Turkey's Democratisation and the EU


Cebeci M.

SOUTH EUROPEAN SOCIETY AND POLITICS, vol.21, no.1, pp.119-132, 2016 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 21 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/13608746.2016.1153996
  • Title of Journal : SOUTH EUROPEAN SOCIETY AND POLITICS
  • Page Numbers: pp.119-132

Abstract

Many Turkish and European scholars have been (re)producing texts that praise the normative impact of the European Union (EU) which has helped the political transformation of Turkey. Nevertheless, the recent deterioration of democracy in the country indicates that the EU has been losing its transformative influence on Turkey. This might be regarded as de-Europeanisation. However, this article argues that the conceptual framework of de-Europeanisation can only partially explain the current situation in Turkey and the EU's impact, and that an analysis based on counter-conduct, as produced by EU governmentality, may provide insight into a subtler dynamic at work in the country.