9781137034519

Europeanization and Civil Society Turkish NGOs as Instruments of Change?

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  • ISBN13:

    9781137034519

  • ISBN10:

    1137034513

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-04-26
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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Summary

Since 1999 when Turkey was declared a candidate country for European Union membership, Turkish nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) have found themselves at the heart of the EU pre-accession process. Not only is the development of a vibrant and strong civil society key part of the Europeanization process Turkey is expected to undertake, but NGOs also have an important role in facilitating broader socio-political changes through a range of EU-funded projects. These claims, however, are based on normative assumptions on how Turkish NGOs should behave, rather than on empirical evidence of how they experience and respond to the Europeanization project.

This book examines the (dis)connections between EU civil society policy and Turkish NGOs in detail. Through interviews with key actors from the NGO sector, and policymakers from the EU and Turkish government the book draws a picture of a complex and intricate relationship. Turkish NGOs do not passively accept the top-down agenda set by the EU civil society funding framework but often find creative ways to circumvent and resist the EU's objectives.

Author Biography

Markus Ketola is a Fellow at the Department of Social Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK. His research interests include civil society, NGOs, social policy and development, with a particular focus on both Turkey and the European Union.

Table of Contents

List of Acronyms
Illustrations
1. Introduction
2. Europeanization from a Civil Society Perspective
3. EU Civil Society Policy
4. Civil Society in Turkey
5. NGO Relationships
6. Civil Society Support in Turkey
7. Tracing the Impact of EU Policy on the Ground
8. Conclusion
Bibliography

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