JOURNAL OF SOUTHERN EUROPE AND THE BALKANS, VOLUME 9, NO. 3, 2007.
Mustafa AYDIN* and Sinem A. AÇIKMEŞE**
This paper examines TFP in the framework of Europeanization, to find out to what extent this approach is helpful in understanding change in the course of the last decade. First, it offers a brief discussion of the concept of Europeanization as understood in European integration studies, focusing on its domestic dimension. Second, it analyzes modes of change in the foreign policy domain of EU member and candidate countries, showing that foreign policy Europeanization of wouldbe members takes place through the conditionality provided in the CFSP (Common Foreign and Security Policy) acquis. Third, it introduces mechanisms of EU conditionality for foreign policy change in Turkey with specific references to institutional issues, traditionally sensitive foreign policy problems and the neighbouring region of the Middle East. The paper argues that while Europeanization is the major framework for understanding the recent changes in TFP, domestic and international factors should also be taken into account to have a coherent overall picture.
* Professor and Chair of the Department of International Relations at the University of Economics and Technology, Ankara.
** Research Assistant at the EU Studies Department, Ankara University.