Turkish Leaders and Foreign Policy Decision-Making: Lobbying for European Union Membership
This article seeks to contribute to our understanding of Turkish foreign policymaking, which is an under-developed area of study. It does so by examining the role of individual leaders in the foreign policymaking process. It compares two Islamist prime ministers – Necmettin Erbakan and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan – and the difference in their levels of emotional attachment to Islam and their pragmatism. The findings are also relevant for a more informed understanding of the potential outcomes of the revolutions in the Arab world, where attention to Islamist groups and their preferences have become paramount.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: July 1, 2012