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Informality as an Instrument of Neoliberal Authoritarian Governance

MENAS seminar
Friday, December 11, 2020, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

The rise of neoliberal authoritarian governance has been characterized by the erosion of institutional checks on the executive and the concentration and personalization of power at the top level. The emergent neoliberal authoritarian regimes such as in Turkey, share a deep mistrust in state institutions, the bureaucracy, the law, and agencies. They have rather relied on populism and informality as a governance practice. The re-distribution of resources through patronage and clientelistic mechanisms have created an informal financial network that creates dependency, secures control, and the regimes’ survival. The presentation will highlight informalisation as a central element of neoliberal authoritarian governance in Turkey and beyond, and discuss its long-term effects on state, society, the political system, and policy areas such as foreign policy.