About the book

When and to what extent do external actors, especially the EU, contribute to inducing legal and administrative changes and helping domestic authorities address the disconnect between good governance standards and corrupt practices? Comparing external promotion of anti-corruption norms and provisions in civil administration, public finance management and public procurement in Turkey, this book identifies the domestic conditions under which external actors can affect real-world outcomes. Providing a comprehensive, empirical account of Turkey’s fight against corruption, the book’s cross-sectoral analysis explores the power relations between major political actors and bureaucratic state elites, and examines how structural administrative factors filter external pressure for anti-corruption reforms and determine the prospects for institutional change in the Turkish public sector. This welcome addition to literature on Europeanisation and external good governance promotion makes an important contribution to the academic and policy debate regarding the "politics" of anti-corruption reforms in Turkey

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About the Author

Digdem Soyaltin is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Altınbaş University in Istanbul (Istanbul Kemerburgaz University). Previously she worked as a post-doctoral fellow at Stockholm University Institute of Turkish Studies (SUITS) and a consultant in projects conducted by Transparency International, Council of Europe and European Union on good governance and anti-corruption policies and judicial sector reforms in Turkey. She received her PhD from the Department of Political Science at Freie Universitat Berlin and worked as a research fellow at the Research College on Transformative Power of Europe (KFG) during her PhD studies. Her main research interests are Europeanisation and domestic change, public policy and governance, Turkish politics and more specific policies of fight against corruption.


"This book sheds new light on the important question of whether international institutions have the power to promote reforms in individual states. It does so through a careful and nuanced examination of a decidedly tough case: anti-corruption reforms in Turkey. In the process, the book makes important contributions to the literature on Europeanisation and to our understanding of the conditions under which international actors can or cannot compel good governance reforms." - Paul T. Levin, Director, Stockholm University Institute for Turkish Studies.

"Soyaltin effectively and authoritatively analyzes a major problem in contemporary Turkish politics. The book represents a valuable contribution to the literature on external promotion of anti-corruption policies for good governance. It should be of interest particularly to those interested in the phenomenon of political corruption and its preventation, the potential role of the EU in fostering domestic policy change, and Turkey’s experience with corruption and reforms designed to undermine its practice in the public sector. This imporatant volume has no rivals in English." - Sabri Sayari, Emeritus Professor, Sabanci University, Istanbul.