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Interests, Passions and Politics: Business Associations and the Sovereignty Dispute in Turkey

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Kılıç,  Azer
International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy, MPI for the Study of Societies, Max Planck Society;
Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey;

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Kılıç, A. (2017). Interests, Passions and Politics: Business Associations and the Sovereignty Dispute in Turkey. Economy and Society, 46(2), 275-301. doi:10.1080/03085147.2017.1359440.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-002D-D5D1-1
Abstract
This paper examines business associations in a context where the state is being contested from below, focusing on Diyarbakır, a major Kurdish city in Turkey. Against the backdrop of armed conflict, reform processes triggered by the country’s EU candidacy and socio-economic change, Diyarbakır has become a contested zone over which the Turkish government and the Kurdish movement have been competing for control. Local business associations have also been implicated in such contestation. Considering the situation of dual power and moral economy at the local level, the paper examines how these associations deal with an adverse situation that is characterized by political instability and uncertainty. The analysis shows that business leaders have been able to make the ‘best’ of the situation.