Democratic Consolidation in Turkey: Micro and macro challenges

1st Edition

Cengiz Erisen, Paul Kubicek

Routledge
Published June 28, 2018
Reference - 224 Pages - 16 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138320956 - CAT# K391787
Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics

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Summary

While Turkey has made major strides in democratic reforms in the late 1990s and early 2000s, progress has, in many ways, stalled. Turkey remains "democratic" in the sense that attaining political power depends upon winning votes, but in recent years its leadership has taken a majoritarian view of democracy and the country has faced problems on issues such as rule of law, freedom of speech, and increased polarization.

This book explores the understanding and practice of democracy in Turkey since the early 2000s, analyzing its evolution in light of the parliamentary elections held in 2015. Adopting a more holistic approach in line with the writing of Wolfgang Merkel, it recognizes that a successful, consolidated democracy has various micro and macro-level foundations. The former includes factors such as political values, tolerance, identity, and civil society, while the latter includes political economy, party competition, and institutional development.

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