Elites In Turkey: Murray Milner’s Political Sociology Versus The New Ulemate

This article features an extensive review of Murray Milner, Jr.’s Elites (2015). After summarizing its argument, locating it in debates in political sociology, and highlighting why it matters, I apply the conceptual framework advanced in the book to Turkey. I find that while Milner’s framework captures the Turkish case quite well, it cannot account for generous state support of some status elites. I offer a tentative solution to this puzzle by distinguishing between political elites’ short- and long-term interests. This shows that Milner’s framework should be developed further to better account for multiple and competing interests.

Türkiye’nin Elitleri: Murray Milner’ın Siyaset Sosyolojisi ve Yeni Ulema

Bu makale, Murray Milner, Jr.’ın Elites (2015) isimli kitabının geniş bir değerlendirmesini sunmaktadır. Milner’ın eserini özetleyip siyaset sosyolojisinde durduğu yeri tartıştıktan ve kitabın önemini açıkladıktan sonra, kitapta geliştirilen kavramsal çerçeveyi Türkiye örneğine uygulamaktadır. Milner’ın çerçevesi Türkiye örneğini oldukça başarıyla açıklasa da devletin bazı statü seçkinlerine verdiği cömert destek bu çerçeveye uymamaktadır. Makale, bu durumu siyasi seçkinlerin uzun dönemli ve kısa dönemli çıkarları arasında bir ayrım yaparak açıklamayı önermektedir. Sonuç olarak Milner’ın kavramsal çerçevesinde farklı ve yarışan çıkarların daha iyi kuramsallaştırılması çerçevenin geleceği için uygun olacaktır.

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