Local Champions and Change of Governments: A Longitudinal Analysis of Firms’ Political Ties in Gaziantep, Turkey

Lisa Ahsen Sezer, Gül Berna Özcan

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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.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Economic Geography
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 30 Jan 2024


  • political ties, urban politics, firm growth, business association, government transitions

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