Liberal conservatism in Turkey enters a crisis

Popular resitance to the rule of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Turkey and the brutal crackdown by the government have made news around the world recently. Yet, typical assessments of the AKP from 2002, when it first formed a government, to the present have stressed its contribution to normalising parliamentary democracy. They have also emphasised the benefits of removing from the political scene the strong Turkish state, whose authoritarian actions cannot be attributed to capture by (or influence from) any particular civil coalition.

There is, however, an alternative assessment of the rule of AKP that rests on the orientation of its governments toward the New Right.


Recent Publications

More RMF:
TNI: Movements Against Spanish State Debt

June 2014: Sergi Cutillas: Since the awakening of the squares in 2011 the political atmosphere in the Spanish state has changed dramatically. “Frustration, despair and fear, instead of being channelled towards the far right, have gone towards the creation of opportunities to meet other people facing similar situations, support each other and resist.”


More RMF:
Class: State and Finance in Financialised Capitalism

June 2014: Costas Lapavitsas: Reversing privatisation and re-establishing public ownership over key areas of the economy would directly reduce the room for financialisation. It would also provide a broader basis for public investment and the systematic creation of employment. 
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27/05/2014 -Seminar on the Economics of Augusto Graziani 1933-2014

The next Money and Development Seminar will be be devoted to the monetary economics and ideas of Augusto Graziani (1933-2014) who pioneered the Italian circuit theory of money in the 1980s.

The seminar will be held on Tuesday 27 May from 14.00-17.00 in room L67 Main Building.

30/5/2014 - Annual Post Keynesian Study Group Workshop

The 2014 annual workshop of the Post Keynesian Study Group (PKSG) will take place at SOAS, London on the 30th May.

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29/4/2014 - Next meeting of Economists Against Austerity

The next meeting of Economists Against Austerity will have Prof. Engelbert Stockhammer (Kingston University), Prof. Ozlem Onaran (University of Greenwich), and Andrew Harrop (General Secretary of the Fabian Society) as the speakers on the strategies for a wage-led recovery.