Turkey and the European Union

This book by two leading experts provides a comprehensive analysis of Turkey's relationship with the European Union, set in its regional and international context. It provides three analytical lenses through which the relationship might be understood – Turkey as an enlargement country, as an EU neighbour and as a global partner – and unpacks the implications of each. Turkey and the European Union focuses on the five pillars that help define the relationship: economics, migration, security, democracy and human rights, and culture and identity. It shows how the differing perspectives on Turkey's role can influence events and developments in these areas, and it traces the profound fluctuations in relations, from the Association Agreement of 1963, to the candidacy for full membership of 1999, to the limbo of today. Turkey continues to be a critically important country for the European Union. The relationship has consequences that are both ideational, embedded in history, politics, identity and culture, and material, relating to economics, energy and security. In examining this complex relationship, this book addresses a key issue for Europe's future, and does so in a fashion that is both sophisticated and accessible.

Details: 
London and New York, Palgrave Macmillan, June 2015, xiv, 242 p. (The European Union Series)
ISBN/ISSN/DOI: 
978-1-137-38731-8; 978-1-137-38730-1 (pbk); 978-1-137-38732-5 (ebk)
Publication date: 
05/06/2015

List of Figures, Tables and Boxes
List of Abbreviations
Acknowledgements
Introduction
1. History
The ebbs and flows in EU–Turkey relations
Explaining Turkey’s tortuous path to Europe
Virtuous and vicious interactions between the EU and Turkey
Conclusions
2. Turkey as an Enlargement Country
An overview of Turkey’s EU accession process
Debating Turkey as an enlargement country
Conclusions
3. Turkey as a Neighbour
An overview of Turkey in its neighbourhood
The rise of Turkey as a regional player from the EU perspective
Conclusions
4. Turkey as a Global Actor
An overview of Turkey as a global actor
Turkey in the world
Turkey in multilateral fora
The rise of Turkey as a global actor from the EU perspective
Conclusions
5. The Economy
Why does the economy matter? Instability and growth of the Turkish economy and ties to the EU
When does the economy matter? The three lenses for EU-Turkey relations
To whom does the economy matter? The stakeholders in the EU-Turkey debate
Conclusions
6. Security
How does security matter in EU–Turkey relations?
When does security matter? The three lenses for EU-Turkey relations
To whom does security matter? The stakeholders in the EU-Turkey debate
Conclusions
7. Migration and Mobility
How do migration and mobility matter in EU-Turkey relations?
When do migration and mobility matter? The three lenses for EU-Turkey relations
To whom do migration and mobility matter? The stakeholders in the EU-Turkey debate
Conclusions
8. Democracy and Human Rights
How do democracy and human rights matter? The cyclical EU-Turkey relationship
When do democracy and human rights matter? The three lenses for EU-Turkey relations
To whom do democracy and human rights matter? The stakeholders in the EU-Turkey debate
Conclusions
9. Culture and Identity
How do culture and identity matter in EU-Turkey relations?
When do culture and identity matter? The three lenses for EU-Turkey relations
To whom do culture and identity matter? The stakeholders in the EU-Turkey debate
Conclusions
10. Conclusions
References
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