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Turkey's European Future: Youth is the Key, Spring 2006

Turkey's European Future: Youth is the Key, Spring 2006

  In this issue of Turkish Policy Quarterly we focus on one of our salient  priorities :Youth. In particular, we concentrate on youth participation - within Turkey and the EU – in politics, social change, cultural  exchange and economic development. We question  whether today’s youth is more sceptica l about shaping the future than past generations, lay out the structural and cultural obstacles they face, inquire into the extent to which the...

Nigâr Göksel | 05 June 2006

EU Policies towards the Young Generation, Spring 2006

EU Policies towards the Young Generation, Spring 2006

Recent years have seen big changes in youth policy at both the European and Member State levels. Youth involvement in politics has become a bigger issue, and politicians are coming around to recognizing the crucial role of our young people in building the knowledge-based economy of the future while bridging cultural divides across Europe. Coupled with this is a greater understanding of the fears and aspirations that drive the young generation of Europeans. This article explores these issues...

Jan Figel | 05 June 2006

A Youthful Turkey: An Asset or a Burden for the EU?, Spring 2006

A Youthful Turkey: An Asset or a Burden for the EU?, Spring 2006

This article explores topics related to Turkey's demography and immigration to the European Union, as well as the competitive pressure Turkey might add to the EU upon its prospective membership.. The article goes on to ask what Turkey's role is in its neighborhood and particularly, what a youthful population means in this context.Turkey is a youthful nation. The total fertility rate (average number of children per woman) stands at 2.5, down from 3.5 in the 1970s and is expected to...

Ari Vatanen | 05 June 2006

Young Leaders Rising out of the Generation of Cynics, Spring 2006

Young Leaders Rising out of the Generation of Cynics, Spring 2006

As a consequence of the conditions the country has been in, the Turkish youth is not only frustrated with their life, but also feeling hopeless about the future. They are unwilling to change their lives, but are expecting some external factor to change their lives for them. The Turkish youth has low levels of participation, generalized trust, tolerance and individualism – all which indicate a low level of social capital. On the other hand the European Union accession process has led to an...

Özgür Ünlühisarcıklı | 05 June 2006

Today's Youth, Tomorrow's Politicians: Why Europe cannot Afford to Ignore the Role of Youth, Spring 2006

Today's Youth, Tomorrow's Politicians: Why Europe cannot Afford to Ignore the Role of Youth, Spring 2006

Europe’s democracy is at risk. Forget the threat of terrorism, the rise of nationalism and the migratory patterns of sick birds. The threat is not external, but emerges in the guise of political frustration among Europe’s youngest voters. Marginalised and ignored by institutional politics, technological empowered and politically aware, young people are looking to non-traditional measures to respond and express their issue-based concerns. If European politicians do not react, appease and...

Alexander MacLeod | 05 June 2006

Engaging Young People with the Public Achievement Model, Spring 2006

Engaging Young People with the Public Achievement Model, Spring 2006

The central argument of this paper is that political disengagement or apathy cannot be construed as young people’s “problems”. They are in fact problems resulting from schooling of young people in institutions where technical skills are given priority over real-life issues. The resulting lack of participation and informal learning opportunities in young people’s lives weakens public institutions and renders them unsustainable. It is argued that learning and participation...

Serdar Değirmencioğlu | 05 June 2006

Beyond Communication Campaigns: Educating Youth on Turkey's EU Accession and Civil Society, Spring 2006

Beyond Communication Campaigns: Educating Youth on Turkey's EU Accession and Civil Society, Spring 2006

In search of a new identity, Dutch society is facing many challenges. Two political murders within two years and growing tensions among ethnically Dutch and their Muslim compatriots require a critical self-evaluation. An active younger generation is voicing the need for change in the political landscape and a growing representation of immigrants has altered the political climate. Tolerance is no longer a trademark of the Netherlands. The future needs to determine whether integration will...

George L. Georgoudis | 05 June 2006

Soul Searching for a New Dutch Identity, Spring 2006

Soul Searching for a New Dutch Identity, Spring 2006

In search of a new identity, Dutch society is facing many challenges. Two political murders within two years and growing tensions among ethnically Dutch and their Muslim compatriots require a critical self-evaluation. An active younger generation is voicing the need for change in the political landscape and a growing representation of immigrants has altered the political climate. Tolerance is no longer a trademark of the Netherlands. The future needs to determine whether integration will...

Marietje Schaake | 05 June 2006

Young Austrians: Confronted by a Nation in Doubt, Spring 2006

Young Austrians: Confronted by a Nation in Doubt, Spring 2006

This article explains Austrians’ skepticism against EU-enlargement to the Bosporus, what youngsters think about it and how that might change agenda one day. In Austria only a minority is convinced of the advantages of the European Union. Moreover the biggest opposition towards a Turkish EU-membership can be found in Austria. However, by putting the focus on young Austrians, growing up in an internationalized environment, the picture starts to brighten...Please click here to read the text...

Stefan Apfl & Mathias Huter | 05 June 2006

Education: An Overarching 'Acquis' for Turkey, Spring 2006

Education: An Overarching 'Acquis' for Turkey, Spring 2006

Turkey aims to transform into a knowledge society with a highly competitive economy capable of sustainable development and eventually become a member of the European Union. Education is of strategic importance in pursuit of these challenging goals, urging constant progress in equity, quality, education for democratic citizenship and formation of social capital. In case of failure, risks could emerge, specifically as regards social inclusion and integration, competitiveness and implementation of...

Batuhan Aydagül | 05 June 2006

Youth in European Politics: Risks and Opportunities, Spring 2006

Youth in European Politics: Risks and Opportunities, Spring 2006

This article delves into the uncertainty of youth involvement in the European political arena today. Especially focusing on the case of the European Democrat Students (EDS), the article outlines how young people today can get involved in EU affairs and can contribute to fostering stronger mutual understanding between Turkey and the EU. The world of European politics may hide risks as well as opportunities on a personal and societal level. One must weigh the advantages and disadvantages before...

Alexandros Sinka & Evie Phillips-Mitsidou | 05 June 2006

Towards a New Pattern of Youth Participation, Spring 2006

Towards a New Pattern of Youth Participation, Spring 2006

  Youth participation is one of the controversial issues all over the world. The legacy of the 1968 generation has been replaced by generations whom are supposed to be global consumers. Perceptions of the youth are colored with prejudices and negative attitudes. The less society understand the youth, the more they tend to oppress youth, and the less the youth participates meaningfully. A number of new methods and unconventional patterns of participation should be...

Bülent Tunga Yılmaz | 05 June 2006

Turkish Youth: Voices to Be Heard, Spring 2006

Turkish Youth: Voices to Be Heard, Spring 2006

Based on original findings from qualitative interviews with university students in four Turkish cities, this article explains the connection between civil society and politics in Turkey as it pertains to university students. In particular, it focuses on reasons for and obstacles to involvement in civil society and how that relates to tudent perceptions regarding their role in Turkey’s future. The article concludes with a section about students’ views on the EU process...Please click...

Courtney E. Doggart | 05 June 2006

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FROM THE DESK OF THE EDITOR
From The Desk Of The Editor This issue of TPQ comes at a time when global instability is arguably at its highest point since the end of World War II. The Western-led liberal world order that emerged in its wake, anchored by NATO and bolstered by multilateral institutions such as the European Union and the World Bank is fraying, and the principles upon which the order was founded are being undermined. Furthermore, the...
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