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The grant of economic and technical aid by the EU for regional development during the pre-accession process and its link to novel forms of territorial governance for administering them for eventual EU membership is increasingly challenging Turkey’s traditional state centered politics and regional policy. Based on theconcept of Europeanization this paper examines the extent and direction of changein Turkey’s regional policy to date under the influence of the EU. The paper suggests that there is a major ‘misfit’ between the EU and Turkey’s regional policy approaches and argues that certain domestic features of Turkey’s domestic polity render Turkey’s adaptation to the EU’s multi-level governance model very problematic...Please click here to read the text in full.

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Ebru Ertugal
Ebru Ertugal
From the Desk of the Editor Since the founding of the Turkish Republic, competing conceptions of Turkish identity have existed. Among many examples, the role of Islam has been contested, Kurdish and Turkish nationalisms have clashed, and various identity-based movements have ebbed and flowed, shaping political cleavages. National identity contestation has also spilled over into Turkey’s relationship with its Western...
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