© 2009

Turkey's Accession to the European Union

An Unusual Candidacy

  • Constantine Arvanitopoulos

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Constantine Arvanitopoulos, Nikolaos Tzifakis
    Pages 1-7
  3. Constantine Arvanitopoulos, Nikolaos Tzifakis
    Pages 9-19
  4. Thanos Dokos
    Pages 75-85
  5. Kostas Ifantis
    Pages 121-132
  6. Ranier Fsadni
    Pages 159-169
  7. Ali Ihsan Aydin
    Pages 171-182
  8. Mustafa Akyol
    Pages 183-193
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 211-215

About this book


European views on Turkey’s membership in the EU have been split between those in support of its full integration and those advocating a privileged partnership. To the extent that many of the latter proposals imply that Turkey will be partially integrated within Europe in certain areas, the question of Turkey’s accession is probably not about ‘if’, but about ‘how much’ integration there will be within the Union’s structures. The purpose of this book is not to offer a definitive response to this question. The book aims instead to examine the complexity of the issues pertaining to Turkey’s prospective EU membership by presenting several, often divergent, accounts of the political, security and socio-economic dimensions of the entire process. The book provides a forum for an exchange of views among distinguished scholars and researchers from different national backgrounds in order to contribute to the ongoing public discussion of Turkey’s accession.

  • Sophisticated, informative and refreshing in its argumentation, the book provides an excellent overview of the complexities of Turkey’s accession to the EU membership.

Professor Mustafa Aydin, TOBB University of Economics and Technology

  • A refreshing view from the European periphery, an original mirror of the Union's central challenges.

Professor Georges Prevelakis, University of Paris 1 – Panthéon-Sorbonne


EU enlargement European Integration European Union European Union (EU) European security Governance Islam Turkey politics

Editors and affiliations

  • Constantine Arvanitopoulos
    • 1
  1. 1.Constantinos Karamanlis Institute for DemocracyAthensGreece

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Turkey's Accession to the European Union
  • Book Subtitle An Unusual Candidacy
  • Editors Constantine Arvanitopoulos
  • Series Title The Constantinos Karamanlis Institute for Democracy Series on European and International Affairs
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Berlin Heidelberg 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Political Science and International Studies (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-540-88196-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-09994-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-540-88197-1
  • Series ISSN 1866-1270
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XX, 215
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Jointly published with the Centre for European Studies and the Constantinos Karamanlis Institute for Democracy
  • Topics Political Science
    European Integration
    Law and Economics
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From the reviews: “Turkey’s Accession to the European Union brings together a set of perspectives on Turkey-European Union (EU) relations, as viewed by Turks, Greeks and other European scholars. The professed goal of the volume is to undertake ‘a comprehensive and multidimensional approach to the question of Turkey’s admission into European structures.’ It does fulfill that goal to a large extent, covering a wide range of issues, including security, identity, economy, institutional structures, and (im)migration. … the overall scheme remains quite accessible to the lay reader.” (Asli Toksabay Esen, New Perspectives on Turkey, Issue 40, 2009) “Turkey’s Accession to the European Union is more like a journey through a well-trodden and familiar terrain. … draws attention to political risks and benefits of Turkish membership as perceived by both sides, the role of identity and religion in the shaping of those perceptions, and the role or security considerations in the policy debate on how to integrate Turkey into European institutional frameworks. … aimed at readers who are new to the topic and policy makers and practitioners who are under stringent time constraints.” (Mehmet Ugur, The Political Quarterly, Vol. 81 (1), 2010)