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Local Champions and Change of Governments: A Longitudinal Analysis of Firms’ Political Ties in Gaziantep, Turkey
journal contributionposted on 2024-02-08, 15:22 authored by Lisa Sezer, Gül Berna Özcan
This paper examines business-politics ties during a shift from multi-party politics to competitive- authoritarian rule in Turkey. We conducted a longitudinal investigation of the political ties and performance ranking of top manufacturing firms in a provincial industrial centre, Gaziantep. The analysis demonstrates that major power transitions in centre politics elicited variegated local responses and intra-group contestations. The leading business elites sustained political capital through a multi-scalar diversification of political ties. Using an agent, network and institutions framework, we highlight the political dynamics behind sub-national growth trajectories, and contribute to scholarship on urban party politics and elite localism in economic geography.
Author affiliationSchool of Business, University of Leicester
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