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|Title:||Institutional convergence of Turkish Islam and European social democracy on the political economy of social question|
|Author(s):||Taner Akan, (Kocaeli University, Kocaeli, Turkey)|
|Citation:||Taner Akan, (2011) "Institutional convergence of Turkish Islam and European social democracy on the political economy of social question", International Journal of Social Economics, Vol. 38 Iss: 1, pp.70 - 96|
|Keywords:||Democracy, Islam, Political economy, Social economics, Turkey|
|Article type:||Conceptual paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/03068291111091972 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
|Acknowledgements:||This paper is based on the author's research at the London School of Economics and Political Science's Employment Relations and Organizational Behaviour (EROB) Group, and an earlier version was presented at the EROB's Doctoral Forum in July 2008. The author would like to thank Professor Richard Hyman for his valuable enhancement and support, and the participants of the Forum for their helpful comments on the paper.|
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to find out if there is any convergence between the Third Way in Europe and the Conservative Democracy in Turkey in their politico-economic strategies for dealing with the social question with the thought that both the political identities have come into existence as a consequence of a similar initiative to reformulate their egalitarian cores according to the realpolitik of contemporary capitalism, and uncover the consequences of the so-called strategies specifically in the realm of welfare and labour policies.
Design/methodology/approach – This inquiry has been contextualised into the evolutionary cycles of the socialism ? social democracy ? the Third Way in Europe and the Just Order ? Conservative Democracy in the Ottoman-Turkish territory. Initially focusing on the first cycle, the paper then turns to examine the second cycle in a comparative and synchorised perspective with the first.
Findings – It is concluded that the Conservative Democracy and the Third way have an unmistakable convergence in terms not only of their evolution but also of their strategic policy options to deal with the social question. Their convergence originates in the initiative to find a middle ground between the contemporary capitalism and their egalitarian cores. Such a reconciliative attempt by the both models ends up in a stalemate that triggers recurring conciliative initiatives rather than yield to stable and sustainable policy options which enable their practitioners to deal with the social question in an efficient way.
Research limitations/implications – The paper touches on the general points of convergence between the Conservative Democracy and the Third Way in the political economy of social question. The next step should, hence, be to further this argument by means of specifically dealing with the welfare and labour policies in separate in-depth research.
Originality/value – This paper is the first in its inquiry as stated above in the purpose and its comparative methodology to deal with this inquiry.
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