Dr. Cathy Macmillan is an Assistant Prof. at Yeditepe University, Istanbul. Her doctoral dissertation was on “Expanding Fortress Europe? Enlargement and the EU’s Justice and Home Affairs Policies”. Her main area of interest is Turkey-EU relations, European integration and Europeanisation.
1. Could you tell us a bit about your recent/forthcoming publications?
My most recent publications are an article about neofunctionalism and enlargement (with a special focus on Turkey) in JCMS (September 2009) and one on neofunctionalism and JHA in the Marmara Journal of European Studies. I’m currently working on attitudes to Turkey’s enlargement in some of the Member States and with luck will get some of that work published!.
2. What are the potential limitations of the existing analyses on Turkish politics and society, in your opinion? Could you suggest any gaps in the literature or any potential pitfalls?
I think there should be more work on why there seems to be so much opposition to Turkey’s accession among the EU public and certain Member State governments/political parties as these will have an enormous influence on whether enlargement to Turkey actually goes ahead.
3. What is the best manuscript you’ve read on Turkish politics and society so far? Could you suggest our readers any Turkey-focused research you’ve found valuable?
It’s hard to single out one in particular. However I attended a conference on Turkey and the EU in Istanbul in October, and, in my view, the contributions by Susannah Verney and Mehmet Uğur were particularly interesting. I’ll post more details once they’re published (Prof.Uğur’s article is currently under review by the JCMS)
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