Yıl 2015, Cilt 14, Sayı 3, Sayfalar 54 - 73 2016-01-11

Deconstructing the Neoliberal Character of the European Union: A Major Source of Leftist Dissent Over the EU in Turkish Civil Society

Can Büyükbay [1]

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This article aims to contribute to the discourse of Euroscepticism in Turkish civil society by examining the underlying dynamics of the phenomenon among leftist groups. Methodologically, semi-structured qualitative interviews with and surveys of Civil Society Organisation (CSO) leaders and Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) are applied. Compared to business organisations, a large part of the trades unions have a cautious approach towards European integration. Generally, the leftist leaders do not perceive the EU process strategically or as a political opportunity structure to gain influence, but predominately more ideologically, as the spread of neoliberal free market policies that create an anti-labour environment
Neoliberalism, Euroscepticism, Civil Society, European Integration, Critical Discourse Analysis
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Bibtex @araştırma makalesi { alternatives280320, journal = {Alternatives: Turkish Journal of International Relations}, issn = {2146-0809}, eissn = {1303-5525}, address = {Yalova Üniversitesi}, year = {2016}, volume = {14}, pages = {54 - 73}, doi = {}, title = {Deconstructing the Neoliberal Character of the European Union: A Major Source of Leftist Dissent Over the EU in Turkish Civil Society}, key = {cite}, author = {Büyükbay, Can} }
APA Büyükbay, C . (2016). Deconstructing the Neoliberal Character of the European Union: A Major Source of Leftist Dissent Over the EU in Turkish Civil Society. Alternatives: Turkish Journal of International Relations, 14 (3), 54-73. Retrieved from http://dergipark.gov.tr/alternatives/issue/26672/280320
MLA Büyükbay, C . "Deconstructing the Neoliberal Character of the European Union: A Major Source of Leftist Dissent Over the EU in Turkish Civil Society". Alternatives: Turkish Journal of International Relations 14 (2016): 54-73 <http://dergipark.gov.tr/alternatives/issue/26672/280320>
Chicago Büyükbay, C . "Deconstructing the Neoliberal Character of the European Union: A Major Source of Leftist Dissent Over the EU in Turkish Civil Society". Alternatives: Turkish Journal of International Relations 14 (2016): 54-73
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ISNAD Büyükbay, Can . "Deconstructing the Neoliberal Character of the European Union: A Major Source of Leftist Dissent Over the EU in Turkish Civil Society". Alternatives: Turkish Journal of International Relations 14 / 3 (Ocak 2016): 54-73.