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GLODEM Center of Koc University


Welcome to the Center for Research on Globalization, Peace, and Democratic Governance (GLODEM). GLODEM is an academic and policy-oriented research center based at Koc University, Istanbul.

The purpose of GLODEM is to analyze dynamics of domestic and international economic and political interactions relevant to its three areas of expertise: globalization and political economy; peace and conflict resolution; and democratic governance. These dynamics include international finance and investment; new and ongoing conflicts; and evolving contexts of governance in established, emerging, and eroding democracies.

GLODEM engages academia, public agencies, private entities, and civil society organizations relevant to its areas of expertise. This engagement enables GLODEM to support meaningful, relevant research and analysis. This engagement also positions GLODEM as a central source of information and recommendations.



  • TPES 3rd Interdisciplinary Workshop on "Political Economy, Governance and Policymaking in Tumultuous Times: Turkey in Comparative Perspective" took place at Bilkent University, Ankara on April 27, 2018. Please click here to see the workshop programme.


  • Caner Bakir serves as a member of The Harold Lasswell Prize Committee for the best article in Policy Sciences, and the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis 2017 Best Article Award Committee.



  • GLODEM's co-director, Reşat Bayer, was a speaker at the First Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Member States Conference on Mediation, titled "Surge in Mediation: The Role of the OIC," in Istanbul on 21 November 2017. He was invited to speak on the session entitled "Perspectives on the Role of Regional Organizations in Mediation." The Conference was hosted by Turkey.






Recent Events


Name:  Ronald Breiger –University of Arizona

Title: Toward Reconciling Big Data with Astute Thinking: Semi-automated Text Analysis of Documents on International Relations

Date:  October 22, 2018 –MONDAY

Place: CASE 127

Time: 17:15-18:30

Abstract: Recent computational advances (such as natural language processing and topic modeling) allow massively huge amounts of text to be processed and patterns discovered while analyzing documents on international relations. These spectacularly efficient and highly useful pattern-detection methods do not, however, capture the nuance that a close textual reading would uncover... Read more





Revisiting the developmental state: the ‘Beijing Consensus’ & prospects for democratic development in China and beyond

Ziya Önis, Professor of International Political Economy, Koç University

Whether China liberalises politically, as the original ‘Asian Tigers’ did, or maintains its authoritarian approach is an issue with theoretical and practical implications that resonate well beyond China’s own immediate development challenges

A controversial issue in the longstanding debate on the developmental state concerns the relationship and the possible compatibility of rapid economic and industrial transformation with a democratic form of governance. 

Many scholars contributing to the debate were more concerned about how highly centralised and cohesive states with significant ‘embedded autonomy’ were able to facilitate rapid industrialisation based on...

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