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dc.contributor.advisor Alexander, Martin Piccoli, Wolfango 2009-10-23T10:13:59Z 2009-10-23T10:13:59Z 2004
dc.identifier.citation Piccoli, Wolfango, (2004) 'Turkey's ambivalent relations with the European Union: a question of identity', Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University en
dc.description.abstract Turkish-European relations have long been characterised by Turkey's desire for full EU membership. Yet, scholarship has often overlooked the fact that these relations are also marked by ambivalence. Prevalent discursive and ideational constructions in Turkey about its 'Europeanness' have clashed with fears that a further Europeanisation of the country would undermine the country's very identity. Thus, what explains this seemingly contradictory drive for EU membership? Unfortunately, mainstream theories of International Relations cannot answer this question because their analytic purview marginalises ideational factors and questions of identity. This thesis therefore employs a constructivist framework. The central finding of this thesis is that Turkey's pursuit of EU membership is best explained by understanding the centrality of identity in Turkey's European policy. Turkish identity, which links directly to the notion of contemporary European civilisation, reveals the underlying causes for the longstanding ambivalence in Turkey-EU relations. Specifically, this ambivalence results, on the one hand, from Turkey's drive towards Europe in the "will to civilisation" that has characterised the country since the Kemalist revolution and, on the other hand, from the increasing sense of insecurity that the country has recently been experiencing as a result of the emergence of powerful counter-identities that have threatened the homogeneous and secular nature of the Turkish state. en
dc.description.sponsorship UWA Post-Graduate Scholarship en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Aberystwyth University en
dc.title Turkey's ambivalent relations with the European Union: a question of identity en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.publicationtype doctoral thesis en

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