Latest podcast welcomes ESRA GÜRAKAR to discuss “POLITICS OF FAVORITISM IN PUBLIC PROCUREMENT IN TURKEY: RECONFIGURATIONS OF DEPENDENCY NETWORKS IN THE AKP ERA” (Palgrave Macmillan), her book on how the AKP abandoned early economic reforms in favor of cronyism and favoritism.

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My review of the book at HDN.

Here are links to the Malta Files reports referred to in the introduction: 1 / 2 / 3

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Cenk Özbay and Ayşecan Terzioğlu, editors of “The Making of Neoliberal Turkey,” join for the latest episode of Turkey Book Talk.

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Here’s the article on the Erdoğan-supporting LGBT group I mentioned during the conversation.

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This week’s podcast is with Nilgün Önder of the University of Regina, who joined to discuss her new book “The Economic Transformation of Turkey: Neoliberalism and State Intervention” (IB Tauris).

It’s a great and detailed book on some of the paradoxes of the economic reforms passed after Turkey’s military coup of 1980 – rather than rolling back, the authority of the state was substantially deepened by the reforms.

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Here’s a transcript of the interview at Hürriyet Daily News.

And here’s my review of the book.

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Lastly, apologies for the dodgy sound quality in these first few podcasts. I’ve got a new mic in the post so that should go some way to sorting it out.

I’ve written a short piece taking a longer view of the ongoing tug-of-war between the government and Turkey’s Central Bank.

The piece argues that current speculation about the Bank’s independence should not be seen in isolation, but considered within the context of the government’s long-flagging enthusiasm for the economic reforms passed after the meltdown of Turkey’s financial sector in 2000-01. The jettisoning of long-term economic planning is one side effect of President Erdoğan’s bid to centralise all power in his own hands, and could herald a period of severe economic turbulence in the country.

Click here to read the whole thing on the Hürriyet Daily News.

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