Kursprogramm WS 2017/18

The Political Economy in Turkey

(Language: English)

Turkey was referred to as a “model country” by the Western media in the beginning of the 2000s. One of the main features of the “Turkish model” has been its ability to harmonize moderate Islam and neoliberal policies.  It was widely believed that Turkey’s democratization, with the help of EU accession process, and market reforms could go hand in hand under the leadership of the AKP (Justice and Development Party). However, towards the end of the 15 year-rule of the AKP today, the so-called “Turkish model” is in a deep and apparent crisis. In this course, current developments in Turkey including dynamics of the failed coup attempt and of the regime change from parliamentary to executive presidential system will be discussed from a critical political economy perspective, around the concept of “neoliberal populism”.



The aim of the course is to better understand contemporary developments in Turkey in a general framework, which may potentially enable to us to understand the main dynamics of similar political regimes.


Target groups

All students, who are interested in the current developments in Turkey and who want to deepen their understanding on Turkey’s various neoliberal experiences are invited to participate.



The basic characteristics of modern Turkey, Turkey’s EU accession process, the political economic model of 2000s in Turkey, and the concept of neoliberal populism will be among the subjects of this course.


Teaching methods

The course will be delivered weekly. The lectures aim to provide a basic framework which will be supported by presentations of the students and in-class discussions. Students are expected to write short reader’s responses and work on a final project.


Lecturer: Umit Akcay

2 SWS /ECTS  1 – (2.5 bei Zusatzleistung)

Eckdaten Anmeldung Nachweis
every 2 weeks
Beginning: 01.11.2017

Campus Schöneberg

Course no: LV-Nr.112041.01