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The Political Economy of Regional Power: Turkey under the AKP

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  • André Bank

    () (GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies)

  • Roy Karadag

    () (GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies)

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In 2006/2007 Turkey became a regional power in the Middle East, a status it has continued to maintain in the context of the Arab Spring. To understand why Turkey only became a regional power under the Muslim AKP government and why this happened at the specific point in time that it did, the paper highlights the self-reinforcing dynamics between Turkey’s domestic political-economic transformation in the first decade of this century and the advantageous regional developments in the Middle East at the same time. It concludes that this specific linkage – the “Ankara Moment” – and its regional resonance in the neighboring Middle East carries more transformative potential than the “Washington Consensus” or the “Beijing Consensus” so prominently discussed in current Global South politics.

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  • André Bank & Roy Karadag, 2012. "The Political Economy of Regional Power: Turkey under the AKP," GIGA Working Paper Series 204, GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies.
  • Handle: RePEc:gig:wpaper:204
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    1. Karadag, Roy, 2010. "Neoliberal restructuring in Turkey: From state to oligarchic capitalism," MPIfG Discussion Paper 10/7, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies.
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    regional power; political economy; Turkey; AKP; Middle East;

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