New Book: "Diplomacy and lobbying during Turkey’s Europeanisation: The private life of politics"

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Dear Colleagues,


I would like to bring to your attention my recently-published monograph, Diplomacy and lobbying during Turkey’s Europeanisation: The private life of politics. Based on long-term ethnographic research in Brussels during negotiations for Turkey's contentious EU membership bid (2008-2013), the book presents intricate, backstage conflicts of power and interests by diplomats and lobbyists and their negotiations of compromise, which drove Turkey both closer to and farther apart from the EU. The book can be ordered directly from Manchester University Press (; for a 50% discount, please use coupon code OTH587) or other commercial outlets.


All the best,


Bilge Firat

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Department of Sociology and Anthropology

University of Texas at El Paso