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This article underlines the linkage between globalisation and economic life in Turkey based on the outcomes of the author. Turkish politics within the context of globalisation is analyzed by focusing on the effective economic actors, namely those of the “Association of Turkish Industrialists and Businessmen” (TUSIAD), the “Association of Independent Industrialists and Businessmen” (MUSIAD) and the city or region-based “Associations of Industrialists and Businessmen” (SIADs).  By exploring and documenting the ways in which these actors perceive globalisation and articulate it into their discourses and strategies, it is demonstrated that they operate as strong supporters for Turkey’s integration to the European Union, as civil society organisations calling for a more democratic Turkey, and as cultural actors demanding recognition and civil rights/freedoms, and globalization functions as an “internal element” of their alternative visions of Turkey.

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E. Fuat Keyman
E. Fuat Keyman
Senem Aydın-Düzgit
Senem Aydın-Düzgit

Dr. Senem Aydın-Düzgit is an Associate Professor at Sabancı University and the Research and Academic affairs Coordinator at the Istanbul Policy Center (IPC). This is a republished version of the original article: Senem Aydın-Düzgit, “Legitimizing Europe in Contested Settings: Europe as a Normative Power in Turkey?” JSMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, Vol. 56, No. 3 (October 2017), pp. 612-627. © 2017 University Association for Contemporary European Studies and John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

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