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Title: A political economy analysis of agricultural development of Turkey's south-eastern Anatolia Region
Author: Inci, Ulas
ISNI:       0000 0004 7967 4621
Awarding Body: Swansea University
Current Institution: Swansea University
Date of Award: 2019
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Rational choice theory, which has a prominent position in the study of politics, generally focusses on developed Western countries, former African colonies and Latin American countries but neglects countries with an imperial background. This research aims to fill this gap paying attention to Turkey's political economy and more specifically to the Kurdish Question and agricultural development of the South-eastern Anatolia Region. Rational choice theory pays attention to intra-elite relationships in state formation but tends to overlook the role of the peripheral movements in shaping intra-elite relationships. Following the founding of modern Turkey, over time, a series of peripheral movements emerged. The highly centralised formation of the Turkish state, the conflicting relationship between the centre and the periphery, and its effects on intra-elite relationships in the dominant coalition will be discussed in this research, particularly within the context of the Kurdish Question. The Question is relevant to the relatively less development of the South-eastern Anatolia Region. The development narrative is used to both gain insights in the development problems of the region and in the Question. Since 2001, both neoliberal policies at national level and development interventions at regional level were concurrently employed to deal with the region's problems. The effects of these policies will be under investigation to then critically assess the use of the rational choice theory for countries with an imperial history.
Supervisor: Peters, Krijn Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral