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Turkey and the West: Change in Continuity? - A Two-way Approach to Turkey’s Relations with the West

Gürel, Evrim LU (2010) STVM17 20101
Department of Political Science
Abstract
Westernization is a centuries long project started in the Ottoman Empire, in order to fix the dysfunctionalities of the empire inside and to boost the empire’s image outside. It has transformed into a quest of transformation of Turkey into a modern state and it found its reflection in the foreign policy as a pro-Western approach in the Turkish Republic.
Historical institutionalism suggests that the policies are path dependent and rational choice institutionalism insists on interest-driven actors and policies. Today, given the ambiguities surrounding Turkey’s membership to the EU and complexity of Turkish-American relations, Turkey had been pushed to question its foreign policy priorities. This study will aim to seek answers using these... (More)
Westernization is a centuries long project started in the Ottoman Empire, in order to fix the dysfunctionalities of the empire inside and to boost the empire’s image outside. It has transformed into a quest of transformation of Turkey into a modern state and it found its reflection in the foreign policy as a pro-Western approach in the Turkish Republic.
Historical institutionalism suggests that the policies are path dependent and rational choice institutionalism insists on interest-driven actors and policies. Today, given the ambiguities surrounding Turkey’s membership to the EU and complexity of Turkish-American relations, Turkey had been pushed to question its foreign policy priorities. This study will aim to seek answers using these two institutionalist approaches by putting their hypotheses into a test, in order to find out whether Westernism is a case of persistence or Turkey’s main foreign policy axis being the West would change (Less)
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author
Gürel, Evrim LU
supervisor
organization
alternative title
A Two-way Approach to Turkey’s Relations with the West
course
STVM17 20101
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
Turkish foreign policy, westernization, westernism, historical institutionalism, rational choice institutionalism
language
English
id
1608265
date added to LUP
2010-06-30 16:25:47
date last changed
2010-06-30 16:25:47
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  abstract     = {Westernization is a centuries long project started in the Ottoman Empire, in order to fix the dysfunctionalities of the empire inside and to boost the empire’s image outside. It has transformed into a quest of transformation of Turkey into a modern state and it found its reflection in the foreign policy as a pro-Western approach in the Turkish Republic.
Historical institutionalism suggests that the policies are path dependent and rational choice institutionalism insists on interest-driven actors and policies. Today, given the ambiguities surrounding Turkey’s membership to the EU and complexity of Turkish-American relations, Turkey had been pushed to question its foreign policy priorities. This study will aim to seek answers using these two institutionalist approaches by putting their hypotheses into a test, in order to find out whether Westernism is a case of persistence or Turkey’s main foreign policy axis being the West would change},
  author       = {Gürel, Evrim},
  keyword      = {Turkish foreign policy,westernization,westernism,historical institutionalism,rational choice institutionalism},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Turkey and the West: Change in Continuity? - A Two-way Approach to Turkey’s Relations with the West},
  year         = {2010},
}