Caner Bakır is an Associate Professor of International Political Economy of the College of Administrative Sciences and Economics at Koç University. He is co-director of the Center for Globalization and Democratic Governance (GLODEM). He joined Koç University in September 2004 from Monash University where he was an Assistant Lecturer in its Accounting and Finance Department. Prior to this, he worked for Ziraat Bankasi as a banking specialist.
His qualifications are Bachelor of Public Administration and Politics from the Middle East Technical University, Master of International Political Economy from the University of Warwick, and a PhD in Politics from Monash University.
His research and teaching interests are in international and comparative political economy, the varieties of national financial systems, institutional entrepreneurship, institutional and policy change, state and international business relations, and international business.
Caner is an associate editor of Policy Sciences, and editorial
board member of Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis:
Research and Practice, and International Journal of Emerging
His contribution to the theory of institutional change is
recognized by the Scientific and Technological Research
Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) Incentive Award in 2010 and by
TUBITAK Career Award for his three-year research project on
Organizational Change in Macroeconomic Bureaucracies in
2008. His research has demonstrated that institutional and
policy change is more likely to occur when policy
entrepreneurs, with joint membership in domestic and
transnational policy communities, mobilise ideas and
discourse, resolve conflicts, and steer their implementation in
the various stages of public policymaking.
Caner has been a visiting scholar at Harvard University,
University of Strathclyde, University of Sydney, and Trinity
Caner has published 11 SSCI journal publications, including
top-tier journals, some of them named after their respective
discipline, such as Policy Sciences, Public Administration,
Governance, New Political Economy, and Development and
He authored five books and co-authored three research books, 18 book and encyclopedia chapters. Caner has been co-guest editor for Policy and Society, and edited a special section for Uluslararasi Iliskiler Dergisi. He presented his work in over 50 international conferences/meetings. He has been invited 25 international academic presentations and workshops.
All of his research is supported by national and international
research councils, including European Science Foundation,
His comments on the Turkish economy, financial system and
central banking appeared in the leading newspapers and TV
channels including the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg HT and
Caner teaches graduate, Executive MBA, and undergraduate
courses (i.e., Global Political Economy, Turkish Political
Economy, and International Business) in all three different
departments (i.e., IR, Economics, and Business
Administration) at Koc.