A History of Police Reform in Turkey | Leila Piran

142.     Human Rights in Turkey

As part of its EU accession candidacy, a number of reforms related to "democratization" have been applied to Turkey's legal and administrative apparatuses. One such reform regarded the conduct and practices of police and law enforcement. In this episode, Leila Piran discusses her research on the impacts of this process involving interviews with law enforcement officials, activists, and academics in Turkey tied to the issue of police and reform presented in her new book entitled Institutional Change in Turkey: The Impact of European Union Reforms on Human Rights and Policing.

Leila Piran holds a PhD in World Politics from Catholic University and currently teaches at American University (see Linkdin)
Nicholas Danforth is a doctoral candidate at Georgetown University studying the history of modern Turkey (see academia.edu)


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Turan Kaya said…
So not always history on this podcast. Sometimes daily politics too. :-(

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