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Ersin Kalaycıoğlu
Ersin Kalaycıoğlu
Senior Scholar

Ersin Kalaycıoğlu is a Senior Scholar at Istanbul Policy Center and Professor at Sabancı University’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences since September 2007. Prior to his tenure at Sabancı University, Kalaycıoğlu was the Rector of Işık University between 2004 and 2007. From 2002 to 2004, Kalaycıoğlu taught at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Sabancı University. In his long career, Kalaycıoğlu has taught at various U.S. universities, including the University of Iowa (Department of Political Science, Spring, and Summer of 1980-1981) and at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (during the 1989-1990 and 1998-1999), in the capacity of visiting scholar. He also taught at Boğaziçi University as full-time faculty member between fall 1984 and spring 2002. He started his academic career at Istanbul University, Faculty of Economics in fall 1977 and taught until spring 1982. He remained with the Faculty of Political Science of the same university between fall 1982 and spring 1984. Currently, Kalaycıoğlu is a Board Member of the Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation and also a member of the Turkish Political Science Association, Turkish Social Science Association, and Middle Eastern Studies Association of North America (MESA).

Kalaycıoğlu has designed and conducted a broad range of survey research projects that have contributed immensely to social sciences. The most notable among Kalaycıoğlu’s research are “Political Conditions of Rural Economic Development Project” (with İlter Turan, 1978-1980) “The Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA),” where he surveyed the career patterns and political attitudes of the deputies of the XVIIth Assembly (1984) and of the XVIIIth Assembly (1988), “Turkish Values” (with Üstun Ergüder and Yılmaz Esmer, 1990), “Socio-political orientations and attitudes in Turkey” (with Ali Carkoglu, 2006).

Ersin Kalaycıoğlu received his undergraduate degree from Istanbul University’s Faculty of Economics in 1973 (major in Economics, minor in Political Science and Statistics). He continued his education at The University of Iowa, Department of Political Science, and received his MA in 1975, and his Ph.D. in 1977.

Social Resources and Social Networks

Senior Scholar Ersin Kalaycıoğlu and Koç University Faculty Member Ali Çarkoğlu’s report Social Networks and Social Resources (Toplumsal Kaynaklar ve Toplumsal Ağlar: Karşılaştırmalı Türkiye Örneği) was published in March 2020.

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June 23, 2019, Istanbul's Re-run Elections: An Assessment on Voter Behavior

Senior Scholar Ersin Kalaycıoğlu, Istanbul Bilgi University Faculty Member Emre Erdoğan, Sabancı University Faculty Members Özge Kemahlıoğlu and Mert Moral and Haccettepe University Faculty Member Emre Toros' report  June 23, 2019, Istanbul's Re-run Elections: An Assessment on Voter Behavior (23 Haziran 2019 İstanbul Tekrar Seçimleri: Seçmen Davranışı Açısından Bir Değerlendirme)  was published in October in 2019.

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Citizen-State Interface in Turkey: A Study from the Comparative Perspective

Senior Scholar Ersin Kalaycıoğlu and Koç University Faculty Member Ali Çarkoğlu’s report Citizen-State Interface in Turkey: A Study from the Comparative Perspective was published in February 2018.

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A Comparative Look at Turkey's Work Orientation

Senior Scholar Ersin Kalaycıoğlu and Koç University Faculty Member Ali Çarkoğlu’s report A Comparative Look at Turkey’s Work Orientation (İşe Yönelim'de Türkiye'ye Karşılaştırmalı Bir Bakış) was published in February 2018.

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Citizenship in Turkey and in the World

Senior Scholar Ersin Kalaycığlu and Koç University Faculty Member Ali Çarkoğlu's report Citizenship in Turkey and in the world: 2014 ISSP Research Report (Türkiye'de ve Dünya’da Vatandaşlık: 2014 ISSP Araştırma Raporu)  was published in December 2015. 

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Global Turkey in Europe III: Democracy, Trade, and the Kurdish Question in Turkey-EU Relations

(July 2014-May 2015)

Global Turkey in Europe's third volume sheds light on four key areas in EU-Turkey relations: foreign relations, democracy, the Kurdish question, and economic and trade issues. Building on its two preceding collective volumes, Global Turkey in Europe III intends to contribute to a comprehensive discussion on shaping a common Turkish-European future with an eye to key domestic, regional, and global challenges and opportunities facing both the EU and Turkey.

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National Identity in Turkey and the World 2013

Senior Scholar Ersin Kalaycıoğlu and Koç Univeristy Faculty Member Ali Çarkoğlu's report National Identity in Turkey and the World 2013 (Türkiye'de ve Dünya'da Milliyetçilik 2013) was published in June 2014.

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Family, Work, and Social Gender in Turkey 2012

Senior Scholar Ersin Kalaycıoğlu and Koç Univeristy Faculty Member Ali Çarkoğlu's report Family, Work, and Social Gender in Turkey 2012 (Türkiye'de Aile, İş ve Toplumsal Cinsiyet) was published in November 2013.

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Health in Turkey: A Sociological Evaluation 2011

Senior Scholar Ersin Kalaycıoğlu and Koç Univeristy Faculty Member Ali Çarkoğlu's report Health in Turkey: A Sociological Evaluation  2011  (Türkiye'de Sağlık: Toplumbilimsel bir Değerlendirme) was published in June 2012.

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Meandearing Turkey and the EU relations : Fatigue or Doom

Peter-Christian Müller-Graff and Haluk Kabaalioglu's book Turkey and the European Union Different Dimensions was published in 2012 with Nomos. The book featured a chapter by Senior Scholar Ersin Kalaycıoğlu, titled "Meandearing Turkey and the EU relations : Fatigue or Doom".

Kulturkampf in Turkey: The Constitutional Referendum of 12 September 2010

Senior Scholar Ersin Kalaycıoğlu's article "Kulturkampf in Turkey: The Constitutional Referendum of 12 September 2010" was published in South European Society and Politics in September 2011. 

The Turkish–EU Odyssey and Political Regime Change in Turkey

Senior Scholar Ersin Kalaycıoğlu's article "The Turkish–EU Odyssey and Political Regime Change in Turkey" was published in South European Society and Politics in June 2011.

Environment Report 2010

Senior Scholar Ersin Kalaycıoğlu and Koç Univeristy Faculty Member Ali Çarkoğlu's report Environment Report 2010 (Türkiye'de Çevre 2010) was published in April 2011.

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Karşılaştırmalı Siyasal Sistemler

Senior Scholar Ersin Kalaycıoğlu and Deniz Kağnıcıoğlu's book Karşılaştırmalı Siyasal Sistemler was published in 2011 with AÖF. 

Social Inequality in Turkey 2009

Senior Scholar Ersin Kalaycıoğlu and Koç Univeristy Faculty Member Ali Çarkoğlu's report Social Inequality in Turkey 2009 (Türkiye'de Toplumsal Eşitsizlik 2009) was published in November 2010.

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Justice and Development Party at the Helm: Resurgence of Islam or Restitution of the Right‐of‐Center Predominant Party?

Senior Scholar Ersin Kalaycıoğlu's article "Justice and Development Party at the Helm: Resurgence of Islam or Restitution of the Right‐of‐Center Predominant Party?" was published in Turkish Studies in May 2010.

Democracy, Islam and Secularism in Turkey

Nathan J. Brown and Emad Shahin's book The Struggle Over Democracy in the Middle East: Regional Politics and External Policies was published in 2010 with Routledge. The book featured a chapter by Senior Scholar Ersin Kalaycıoğlu, titled "Democracy, Islam and Secularism in Turkey".

The Turkish Grand National Assembly: New Challenges and Old Problems

Kerem Öktem, Celia Kerslake, Philip Robins's book Turkey's Engagement with Modernity: Conflict and Change in the Twentieth Century was published in 2010 with Palgrave Macmillan. The book featured a chapter by Senior Scholar Ersin Kalaycıoğlu, titled "The Turkish Grand National Assembly: New Challenges and Old Problems".

Religion in Turkey: An International Comperasion

Senior Scholar Ersin Kalaycıoğlu and Koç Univeristy Faculty Member Ali Çarkoğlu's report Religion in Turkey: An International Comperasion (Türkiye’de Dindarlık: Uluslararası Bir Karşılaştırma 2008) was published in November 2009.

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Salgın ve Toplum - "Post-Korona Dünya: Devlet-Ekonomi-Demokrasi"

29 December 2020

"Nasıl bir Dünya? Nasıl bir Türkiye" with Ersin Kalaycıoğlu and Ayşe Köse

TBMM’nin 100. Yılını Kutluyoruz

Fellows from the Turkish Heritage Organization's Non-Resident Fellowship Program Visit

Eight Fellows from the Turkish Heritage Organization’s Non-Resident Fellowship program visited IPC on July 4, 2019. They discussed recent issues on Turkey, Turkey-US relations, Syrian refugees in Turkey, and the economy with Maissam Nimer, Ersin Kalaycioğlu, Bahri Yılmaz, and Cana Tülüş Türk.

June 23, 2019 Istanbul's Re-run Elections: An Assessment on Voter Behaviour

Istanbul Policy Center and Infakto organized the panel titled “June 23, 2019 Istanbul’s Re-run Elections: An Assessment on Voter Behaviour (23 Haziran 2019 İstanbul Tekrar Seçimleri: Seçmen Davranışı Açısından Bir Değerlendirme) ” on July 5 at IPC Karaköy.

The Future of the Liberal Order

IPC-Sabancı University-Stiftung Mercator Initiative and Transatlantic Academy co-organized a full-day event titled "IPC Observatory: The Future of the Liberal Order" on May 23, 2013 at the Seed, Istanbul.

The International Conference on the Role of Think Tanks in Policy Formation

Senior Scholar Korel Göymen organized “The International Conference on the Role of Think Tanks in Policy Formation” in Istanbul on November 18-19, 2011. Director Fuat Keyman was a panelist on the landscape of think tanks in Turkey, while Senior Scholars Ersin Kalaycıoğlu and Ahmet Evin each facilitated a session throughout the event. The discussions ranged from good governance in Turkey to think tanks as the agents of change in complex societies. There were multiple panel discussions as well as lectures by prominent members of Turkish and European civil society.