Why the Gap? Turkey, EU Accession, Corruption and Culture


TURKISH STUDIES, vol.13, no.1, pp.7-25, 2012 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 13 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/14683849.2012.653127
  • Title of Journal : TURKISH STUDIES
  • Page Numbers: pp.7-25


Accession of Turkey to the European Union (EU) has brought a focus on issues of corruption and public ethics. The various reviews have emphasized that these issues are both long-standing and continuing. Given that such issues have been concerning the EU both before and after the accession of other countries, the current Turkish context is assessed in terms of laws, institutions and strategies. The article argues that Turkey is well-served in terms of laws, institutions and strategies, but that there are issues relating to the continuing state tradition and socio-political and administrative culture, to implementation of laws and the effectiveness of institutions, as well as the connectedness of the overall anti-corruption and public ethics approaches. In particular, the article notes that the question of changing current tradition and culture are central to Turkey's progress in meeting European concerns and expectations.