Europeanization beyond contested statehood: the European Union and Turkish-Cypriot civil society

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This article investigates the impact of the European Union (EU) on the Turkish-Cypriot civil society, pegged to the Europeanization debate. The article contributes to the discussion on Europeanization and the role of the EU in contested states, which remains a neglected topic in the literature. The argument advanced is that a series of factors that relate to the contested statehood of the Turkish-Cypriot case mediate the occurrence of Europeanization and they often contribute to an exceptional EU impact on domestic civil society. In this regard, the Turkish-Cypriot example has strong comparative value for the study of the international role of the EU, the Europeanization of contested states and the importance that the EU places on contacts with civil society, as an alternative avenue to relations with states.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)866-883
JournalJournal of Common Market Studies
Issue number5
Early online date20 Jun 2013
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2013