Independent and cutting-edge analysis on Turkey and its neighborhood

 

Let’s make no mistake: Corruption is a global virus inflicting, in varying degrees, all countries, developing and developed alike. With their strict property rights, mature institutions and well-paid civil servants; developed countries are less likely to suffer from systemic corruption. Public scrutiny of government makes corruption very difficult to get away with. Hence, corruption occurs mostly in countries where the rule of law and institutions are weak or non-existent, where independent professional media and civil society agencies are absent, and where there is no independent judiciary or legal oversight. 
 
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Mehmet Öğütçü
Mehmet Öğütçü
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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