Kaya Y. Ç. , Kayar A.

15th International Conference of Strategic Research on Scientific Studies and Education (ICoSReSSE), Antalya, Turkey, 1 - 04 November 2022, pp.1

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: Antalya
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.1
  • Karadeniz Technical University Affiliated: Yes


According to Post-Structuralist International Relations theory, knowledge is an important factor in the legitimization of foreign policy-making. In addition, Social Constructivist International Relations theory emphasizes the importance of abstract elements, such as identity, belief systems, culture, and perceptions in the relations of actors in the international system. This information, which shapes perceptions and foreign policy decisions on behalf of the EU against candidate countries, is created by Country Reports published by the European Commission. It was decided at the Cardiff Summit in 1998 to publish these reports. Although Turkey did not gain candidate status in the period of question, in line with the decision taken as a result of the 1997 Luxembourg Summit, which aimed to prepare Turkey for accession by bringing Turkey closer to the EU in every field, these reports started to be published for Turkey as of 1998, just like the candidate members. This study aims to examine the EU's perception of democracy and the rule of law in Turkey in line with these reports. The reason why the titles of democracy and rule of law were chosen in the Country Reports is that it is one of the main expectations of the EU from the candidate countries. To reveal this perception, country reports will be used in the study, and content and discourse analysis methods will be applied to these reports.