Neoliberalism and the Changing Face of Unionism

The Combined and Uneven Development of Class Capacities in Turkey

  • Efe Can Gürcan
  • Berk Mete

About this book


This book provides a political, economic, and sociological investigation of how neoliberalism shapes ‘working class capacities,’ or the power of the working class to organize and struggle for its collective interests. Efe Can Gürcan and Berk Mete discuss the global importance of the labor question as it pertains to Turkey. They apply the main theoretical framework of the combined and uneven development of class capacities to Turkish trade unionism. They also address Turkey’s recent history of neoliberalization and its repercussions for class capacities, as mediated by national regulations, conservative unionism, and Islamic social assistance networks. Finally, the authors explore how neoliberalism generates intra-class fragmentation through public regulatory mechanisms and cultural differentiation in the sphere of social unionism. 


Social Movements Labor Unions Sociology Turkey Neoliberalism Political Sociology

Authors and affiliations

  • Efe Can Gürcan
    • 1
  • Berk Mete
    • 2
  1. 1.Simon Fraser University Port MoodyCanada
  2. 2.Maltepe University IstanbulTurkey

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