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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)

 

Biography

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.

Research

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.

Publications

Key publications: 

Books

(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, https://doi.org/10.29311/nmes.v10i2.3771

 

(2019) State and Labour under the AKP Rule in Turkey: An Appraisal, Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, 21(6), pp 663-677 https://doi.org/10.1080/19448953.2018.1506296

 

(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.

 

Commentary

 

(2020) Debating ‘State Capitalism’ in Turkey: Beyond False Dichotomies, Developing Economics Blog, (Avaiable at https://developingeconomics.org/2020/12/10/debating-state-capitalism-in-turkey-beyond-false-dichotomies/)

 

(2020) Reassessing the ‘Return’ of the State: Bringing Class Back In, Developing Economics Blog (Available at https://developingeconomics.org/2020/04/07/assessing-the-return-of-the-state-bringing-class-back-in/)

 

(2019) Turkey’s Crisis and the Curious Case of the ‘Fight Against Inflation’, LSE Middle East Centre Blog (Available at https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/mec/2019/02/25/turkeys-crisis-and-the-curious-case-of-the-fight-against-inflation/)

 

(2016) The condition of labour and democracy under the state of emergency in Turkey, SPERI Comment (Available at http://speri.dept.shef.ac.uk/2016/12/16/the-condition-of-labour-and-democracy-under-the-state-of-emergency-in-turkey/ )

Affiliated Lecturer
Postdoctoral By-Fellow at Churchill College
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Mehmet Erol

Contact Details

mee38@cam.ac.uk

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