Who Is Afraid of the "Finance Lobby"? Neoliberal Transformation of Turkey’s Economic Management under the New Presidential System of Government

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Thursday, February 27th, 2020

Thursday, February 27, 20204:00PM - 6:00PMNMC Conference Room, BF200B
4 Bancroft Ave., 2nd floor
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Seminar in Ottoman & Turkish Studies


The passage to the presidential system of government (PSG) on 9 July 2018 in Turkey, following a two-year-long emergency rule, has meant a leap in the state’s neoliberal transformation since the 1980s. In the economic field, this led to the rise of politicised, centralised, personalised, discretionary, and non-accountable management practices in contrast to the earlier neoliberal mottoes of depoliticization, decentralisation, institutionalisation, rule of law, and transparency. This presentation provides a detailed analysis of economic management in Turkey in the first four months of the PSG, a period which also saw Turkey’s most severe financial crisis since the one in 2001, to highlight the political economic continuities underlying this shift towards re-politicization.


Pınar Bedirhanoğlu
Middle East Technical University (Turkey), York University


Department of Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations

Department of History

Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies

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