Critical analysis 'Crisis of the Public Sector' delivers hard won doctorate

PhD student Mustafa Ongun is the most recent awardee of a doctorate from the Centre for Contemporary Aristotelian Studies in Ethics and Politics (CASEP)

Mustafa delivered a thesis that applies the arguments of CASEP’s Senior Research Fellow, Professor Alasdair MacIntyre, to British public services, especially the BBC. In his work, Mustafa demonstrates that MacIntyre’s arguments have greater analytical and practical power than those of the French philoospher, Michel Foucault. 

In addition to Professor MacIntyre, Mustafa’s “Crisis of the Public Sector: A Philosophical Analysis of New Public Management Through MacIntyre and Foucault” was supervised by London Met's Dr Kelvin KnightProfessor Klaus Fischer and Dr William Dixon.  His work was examined by CASEP's own Dr Adam Beck and Professor Ron Beadle, Professor of Organization and Business Ethics at Newcastle Business School, whose own work makes great use of Alasdair’s arguments about practices, institutions and goods.

Mustafa first joined the University to study on its MA in Human Rights and Social Justice, for which he gained a Distinction. As a member of CASEP, he has edited its newsletter, been involved in its attempt to establish an international journal of contemporary Aristotelian studies, organized a range of events and presented several papers. Last year, his “Reappraising Neoliberalism: Homo Economicus, Practitioners and Practices”, was published in Virtue and Economy: Essays on Morality and Markets (Ashgate, 2015), which was edited by Kelvin Knight and CASEP Visiting Research Fellow, Professor Andrius Bielskis, one of Lithuania's leading public intellectuals. 

When living in London, Mustafa taught in the School of Social Sciences and Humanities' Politics and International Relations section, as well as lecturing at other universities. Mustafa now teaches philosophy and sociology in the Psychology Department of the Eastern Mediterranean University, North Cyprus, and also coordinates the EU-funded Youthopia’s Human Rights Unit.

Anyone interested in his work can contact him at <mustafa.ongun@emu.edu.tr