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The Politics of State Capitalism in a Post-Liberal International Order: The Case of Turkey

Kutlay, M. ORCID: 0000-0003-4942-1001 (2019). The Politics of State Capitalism in a Post-Liberal International Order: The Case of Turkey. Third World Quarterly, doi: 10.1080/01436597.2019.1699400


This article discusses the transformation of the liberal international order, with reference to the ways in which global shifts affect the developmental paradigms among the emerging middle powers. Although it is rarely contested that the liberal order is being severely tested, the dynamics and potential consequences of this transformation are a matter of intense controversy. Also, the debate mainly focuses on great power politics, without paying adequate attention to the ways in which middle powers are influenced by and inform the transition to a post-liberal international order. By focusing on the case of Turkey, this article addresses whether non-Western great powers (Russia and China in particular) are leading the emergence of alternative order(s), and if so, through which mechanisms. Based on the reciprocal interactions between ideas, material capabilities, and institutions, I argue that the preferences of the Turkish ruling elites seem to be gradually shifting from a Western-oriented liberal model towards a variety of “state capitalism” as an alternative developmental paradigm in a post-liberal international order.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Third World Quarterly, available online:
Publisher Keywords: Liberal international order, state capitalism, Turkey, development
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs > International Politics
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