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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)



Mehmet Erman Erol is a political economist with a research focus on the (international) political economy of Turkey and the MENA region.

He received an MA in IPE (2011) and a PhD in Politics (2016), both from the University of York, UK. During his PhD study, he worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and contributed to the teaching of the International Politics module. More recently, he worked as a Lecturer in Politics at Ordu University, Turkey, from 2016 to 2019. During this post, he taught IPE, Politics, International Organizations, Turkish & MENA Political Economy.

At Cambridge, he is the convenor of the MPhil module ‘Political Economy of the Global South: Paradigms, Crises, Alternatives’. He also co-convenes the MSt IR module ‘IPE: Power, Politics, and Development in the Global Financial System’. He contributes to undergraduate teaching and supervision for POL3 International Organisation, and supervises for POL2 International Conflict, Order and Justice.

He is a Postdoctoral By-Fellow at Churchill College.


His current research is on the rising significance of Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWFs) in the global political economy; with a particular focus on Turkey's recently established SWF.


Key publications: 


(September 2021) The Condition of the Working Class in Turkey: Labour under Neoliberal Authoritarianism, Co-edited with Cagatay Edgucan Sahin, Pluto Press London


Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles


(2020) From Dictatorship to ‘Democracy’: Neoliberal Continuity and its Crisis in Tunisia, New Middle Eastern Studies, 10(2), pp.147-163,


(2019) State and Labour under the AKP Rule in Turkey: An Appraisal, Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, 21(6), pp 663-677


(Forthcoming) Neoliberal Authoritarianism and Trade Unions in Egypt and Turkey: A Historical and Comparative Account (co-authored with Cagatay Edgucan Sahin, Canadian Journal of Development Studies)


Book Chapters


(2021) Not-So-Strange Bedfellows: Neoliberalism and the Justice and Development Party in Turkey, in The Condition of the Working Class in Turkey: Labour under Neoliberal Authoritarianism, Pluto Press


(Forthcoming) A Critique of Turkey’s Engagement with the Middle East and North Africa: Aspirations, Rivalries, and Crises, in Turkey and the Global Political Economy: Geographies, Regions, and Actors in a Changing World Order, IB Tauris/Bloomsbury


(2016) Politics of economic policy-making during the AKP era in Turkey: A debate in the context of continuity and change (in Turkish). In T.Tören and M. Kutun (eds.), “Yeni” Türkiye’de Kapitalizm-1: Devlet ve Sermaye. İstanbul: SAV Publications.


Book Reviews


Erol, M.E. (2020). ‘Between national liberalism and progressive internationalism: quo vadis globalization?’ Review of Is Globalization Over?, Renewal, 28 (3)


Erol, M.E. (2016). ‘The political economy of labour market reforms: Greece, Turkey and the global economic crisis’, Political Studies Review, 14(4).


Erol, M.E. (2015). ‘Transition to Neoliberalism: The Case of Turkey in the 1980s, Review of Radical Political Economics’, 47 (1), 123-125.




(2020) Debating ‘State Capitalism’ in Turkey: Beyond False Dichotomies, Developing Economics Blog, (Avaiable at


(2020) Reassessing the ‘Return’ of the State: Bringing Class Back In, Developing Economics Blog (Available at


(2019) Turkey’s Crisis and the Curious Case of the ‘Fight Against Inflation’, LSE Middle East Centre Blog (Available at


(2016) The condition of labour and democracy under the state of emergency in Turkey, SPERI Comment (Available at )

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Postdoctoral By-Fellow at Churchill College
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