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Denial of academic freedom exposed: the case of academics for peace in Turkey

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  • Ugur, Mehmet

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Lack of academic freedom has always been a hallmark of the Turkish higher education system. Any de facto respect for it has been wrenched from the Turkish state apparatus (including the government, the military and the YÖK) as a result of resistance by academics and students alike. A salient fact about Turkish higher education is that universities that have toed the government line have remained poor performers, whereas those where staff and students showed resistance to state intrusion have done better in terms of research quality, graduate employability and international recognition. Nevertheless, successive AKP governments since 2003, with Erdoğan as prime minister or president, have been determined to maintain the long-standing state tutelage over Turkey’s higher education system. The expected prize is the production of graduates disposed to submit to authority – particularly state authority – without much questioning.

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  • Ugur, Mehmet, 2016. "Denial of academic freedom exposed: the case of academics for peace in Turkey," Greenwich Papers in Political Economy 15526, University of Greenwich, Greenwich Political Economy Research Centre.
  • Handle: RePEc:gpe:wpaper:15526
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    Academic freedom; higher education; Turkey;

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