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EU democracy promotion in Turkey: funding NGOs, funding conflict?

Ketola, Markus (2011) EU democracy promotion in Turkey: funding NGOs, funding conflict? International Journal of Human Rights, 15 (6). pp. 787-800. ISSN 1364-2987

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Identification Number: 10.1080/13642987.2011.572551


Funding nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) to encourage democratisation features prominently on the EU's policy agenda for accession countries. The rationale for EU funding to NGOs communicated through policy documents suggests such interests are largely due to the salience of liberal democratic rhetoric, premised on supporting liberal individualism and respect for human rights. By looking at the situation in Turkey, this paper argues that the success of such an approach is contingent on how well it corresponds with the reality of civil society relations in the recipients' context. In cases where such a correlation between policy and context does not exist, donor funding may lead to further divisions between groups in civil society, and even fuel the differences that exist between various groups.

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Additional Information: © 2011 Taylor & Francis
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2012 10:41
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2024 07:39

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