Crisis and Law-Making in Reproducing Neoliberal Hegemony: Tobacco Law(s) of 2002 (and 2008) in Turkey

Şafak Çubukçu Ö.

EUI 14th Mediterranean Research Meeting, Mersin, Turkey, 20 - 23 March 2013

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Unpublished
  • City: Mersin
  • Country: Turkey
  • Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University Affiliated: No


The neoliberal restructuring of the state in Turkey has been a multifaceted process, which can be analysed from very different aspects. This paper aims to analyse the role of law in terms of mediating the relation between crises and neoliberal restructuring, by focusing on the law-making process of the Tobacco Law(s) of 2002 (and 2008), which marked the neoliberal transformation of the tobacco market in Turkey. It is suggested in this paper that the settlement of the neoliberal hegemony has been facilitated through each financial crisis, and that crises have provided a suitable environment for the laws and regulations required by the neoliberal agenda to be made in an easy and a quick way. Still, a detailed look into the process of law-making enables one to find out how contradictory and conflictual this process can become. It is asserted that both the class relations and the change of the state structure –regarding the tobacco market- in Turkey under neoliberalism can be read through the examination of the parliamentary records of the period, within which Tobacco Law was made.