The Politics of EU Accession

The Politics of EU Accession : Turkish Challenges and Central European Experiences

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The question of Turkish membership in the European Union is highly controversial and subject to many misperceptions and misunderstandings on both sides. This book examines the politics of EU accession which have evolved during the expansion of the EU, from more procedural conditions to provisions of substantive democracy. With a particular focus on the challenges Turkey faces to join the EU, the authors examine the experiences of the newly-democratised and acceded Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia to provide insight and to identify the best possible solutions. Combining the Turkish and Central European perspectives in one volume, and using a social constructivist approach, the authors address issues including Euroscepticism, EU absorption capacity, women's rights, democratisation, Turkish Kamalism, the desecuritisation of Turkish politics and the problem of Northern Cyprus. This volume establishes the challenges the EU, its member states and the candidate countries need to face and successfully address in order to contribute to both their democratization and the European integration process. This book will be of interest to students and scholars of European politics, Turkish politics and international more

Product details

  • Paperback | 228 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 11.18mm | 381g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 6 black & white illustrations, 2 black & white tables, 6 black & white line drawings
  • 1138979015
  • 9781138979017

Table of contents

1. Introduction Lucie Tunkrova 2. Becoming European: Kemalism as an Ideology of Westernism Petr Kucera 3. Democratization and EU Conditionality - A Barking Dog that Does (Not) Bite? Lucie Tunkrova 4. How far away from the Politics of Fear? Turkey in the EU Accession Process Rabia Karakaya Polat 5. The Cyprus Question in Turkey-EU Relations Ahmet Sozen 6. The Challenge of Euroscepticism in the Accession Countries: The Good, the Bad and the Shaky EU Lucie Tunkrova 7. Tug of War or Lifelining: Central European Views on Turkey's Accession to the EU Armagan Emre Cakir and Angelika Gergelova 8. The Support of East Central European Countries for Turkey's Accession to the European Union Pavel Saradin 9. Conclusion: The New European Union Pavel Saradinshow more

About Lucie Tunkrova

Pavel Saradin is Associate Professor at the Department of European and Politics Studies, Palacky University, Czech Republic. Lucie Tunkrova is Assistant Professor at Fatih University, Istanbul, Turkeyshow more