Since the late-1990s Turkey has emerged as a significant economic power. Never colonised and straddling the continents of Europe and Asia, it plays a strategically important role in a region of increasing instability.
Bulent Gokay examines Turkey’s remarkable domestic political and economic transformation within the context of broader regional and global changes.
The book covers the 2001 financial crisis, the “golden age” (2002–07) of stable growth and foreign investment, the 2008 crisis and subsequent recovery, and the recent years marked by a faltering economy hampered by political instability.
By situating the story of Turkey’s economic growth within an analysis of the structural changes and shifts within the world economy since the end of the Cold War, he is able to provide new insight into the functioning of Turkey’s political economy and the successes and failures of its ruling party’s economic management.
Bulent Gokay is Professor of International Relations at Keele University. He is chair of the editorial committee of the Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies and Founding Editor of the Journal of Global Faultlines. His books include Eastern Europe Since 1970 (2006), Soviet Eastern Policy and Turkey, 1920–1991 (2006) and (with Ben Fowkes) Unholy Alliance: Muslims and Communists in Post-Transition States (2011).