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Denial of academic freedom exposed: the case of academics for peace in Turkey

Denial of academic freedom exposed: the case of academics for peace in Turkey

Ugur, Mehmet ORCID: 0000-0003-3891-3641 (2016) Denial of academic freedom exposed: the case of academics for peace in Turkey. [Working Paper]

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Abstract

Lack of academic freedom has always been a hallmark of the Turkish higher education system. Any de facto respect for it has been wrenched from the Turkish state apparatus (including the government, the military and the YÖK) as a result of resistance by academics and students alike. A salient fact about Turkish higher education is that universities that have toed the government line have remained poor performers, whereas those where staff and students showed resistance to state intrusion have done better in terms of research quality, graduate employability and international recognition. Nevertheless, successive AKP governments since 2003, with Erdoğan as prime minister or president, have been determined to maintain the long-standing state tutelage over Turkey’s higher education system. The expected prize is the production of graduates disposed to submit to authority – particularly state authority – without much questioning.

Item Type: Working Paper
Uncontrolled Keywords: Academic freedom, higher education, Turkey
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Greenwich Political Economy Research Centre (GPERC)
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2017 17:09
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/15526

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