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Workshop Announcement: ‘Second-Generation Europeanisation Research and Beyond: Power, Resistance and Identity in Turkish Domestic Politics’


You are cordially invited to one-day workshop:





By The Centre for European Studies (CES), Middle East Technical University (METU)


Date: 18 November 2011

Venue: Blue Room, CES, METU, Ankara, Turkey.

Time: 09:30


europeanisation‘Europeanisation’ has by now been one of the most versatile concepts of political science. It is, broadly speaking, a term that is employed to label or describe a process of transformation and starting from early 1990s, many different scholars have used Europeanisation as a tool for analysis of different aspects of this transformation. To give one example, according to Olsen, Europeanisation has five possible repercussions: changes in external boundaries, developing institutions at the European level, central penetration of national systems of governance, exporting

forms of political organization and a political unification project (Olsen, 2002: 923-924). In that regard, for the so-called ‘first generation’ of Europeanisation studies, Europeanisation was equivalent to the European integration and was a ‘top-down’ process imposed by the European level. On the other hand, starting from late 1990s and early 2000s, Europeanisation studies shifted its research agenda to understanding ‘European sources of domestic politics’ (Vink, 2002) and tended to adopt a rather ‘bottom-up approach’, usually labeled as ‘second-generation Europeanisation research’ in literature. Against this background, the aim of this one-day workshop organised by Centre for European Studies, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey is to critically engage with the question of how the domestic level in Turkey matters for the process of Europeanisation and how the notions of identity, politics, policy change, resistance etc. at ‘home’ are re-shaped and in turn shape ‘Europe’. By subsuming the discussion under 3 general domains of change (‘power-ial’, ‘institutional’ and ‘identitarian’), we aim to unfold the concept of ‘Europeanisation and explore possible representations, perceptions and scripts of ‘Europe’ in different policy areas and the political realm in Turkish politics.


Olsen, J. (2002), ‘the Many Faces of Europeanisation‘, Journal of Common Market Studies, 40:5.

Vink, M. (2002), ‘What is Europeanisation? and other Questions on a New Research Agenda‘, paper prepared for the 2nd YEN Research Meeting on Europeanisation, University of Bocconi, Milan, 22-23 November 2002


P.S. Please RSVP to myself or to Centre for European Studies, METU ( ces@metu.edu.tr) if you wish to attend.

Basak Alpan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Middle East Technical University
Department of Political Science and Public Administration
Inonu Bulvari 06531

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