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Neo-developmentalist turn in the global political economy? The Turkish case

Kutlay, M. & Karaoguz, H. E. (2017). Neo-developmentalist turn in the global political economy? The Turkish case. Turkish Studies, 19(2), pp. 289-316. doi: 10.1080/14683849.2017.1405727


The 2008 global economic crisis galvanized the debate on neo-developmentalism as the pendulum of economic thinking began to swing away from neoliberalism. The current shift in the modalities of market governance mainly deals with the ways through which industrial policies can be crafted in a more open-economy setting. Accordingly, the post-crisis literature turns a keen eye on the state’s developmental role in the research and development (R&D) sector in an age of ‘bit-driven’ global political economy. On that note, the nature, properties, and limits of state policies of emerging powers in this particular realm are becoming increasingly central but remain an understudied theme. This article discusses the R&D policies of Turkey from a state capacity perspective and questions the rationale of those policies by linking the state’s transformative capacity to the discussions on distributive pressures. Drawing on twenty-one in-depth semi-structured interviews, this article assesses Turkey’s R&D policies.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Turkish Studies on 04 Dec 2017, available online:
Publisher Keywords: Turkish political economy, R&D sector, state capacity, neo-developmentalism
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs > International Politics
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