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Lawlessness to rule in Turkey instead of rule of law

Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan, who is in charge of coordinating economic policymaking, was on Turkish business channel Bloomberg HT a day after Finance Minister Mehmet Şimşek’s CNNTürk interview I featured in my last column.

Here’s the introduction to my latest Hurriyet Daily News (HDN) column. Babacan emphasized the importance of rule of law for Turkey’s economic and democratic future, which prompted me to explore, first of all, what exactly rule of law means. After all, it is one of those buzzwords that can mean many things. Afterwards, I discussed how to measure it and then looked at how Turkey fares in comparison to other countries. Anyway, you can read the whole thing at the HDN website.

I don’t have much more than the column to say for a change, so I’ll keep this short- except to note that there is a huge literature on rule of law- I have just written about the top of the tip of the iceberg- as much as I could do in 500 words. But if you have reading knowledge of Turkish, I can recommend the excellent post by Galatasaray University’s (yep, same as the football club, the one that was swindling small investors, as I summarized in an HDN column last year) Sezgin Polat: Since he is not constrained by space limits, his post is much more detailed than my column. He explains the different connotations of rule of law, which I summarize in one sentence, before discussing Turkey’s relative performance in different indices in detail. He finally presents interesting survey data on Turks’ confidence in courts. Interestingly (or maybe not), it decreases with education!

One Response to “Lawlessness to rule in Turkey instead of rule of law”

DiranMJanuary 15th, 2014 at 8:03 am

Could not agree with you more about importance of rule of law. Things are not going any better on that front in Greece either under the current government here.