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Democratic Consolidation in Turkey: Micro and macro challenges

Democratic Consolidation in Turkey: Micro and macro challenges

1st Edition

Cengiz Erisen, Paul Kubicek
June 28, 2018

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...

Party Politics in Turkey: A Comparative Perspective

Party Politics in Turkey: A Comparative Perspective

1st Edition

Sabri Sayarı, Pelin Ayan Musil, Özhan Demirkol
February 05, 2018

Although the literature on party politics has significantly advanced both methodologically and theoretically in recent years, the study of political parties in Turkey has been noticeably disconnected and lacking from such conversations. This book evaluates well-established theories and trends in...

The Turkish Deep State: State Consolidation, Civil-Military Relations and Democracy

The Turkish Deep State: State Consolidation, Civil-Military Relations and Democracy

1st Edition

Mehtap Sooyler
December 13, 2017

The deep state ranks among the most critical issues in Turkish politics. This book traces its origins and offers an explanation of the emergence and trajectory of the deep state; the meaning and function of informal and authoritarian institutions in the formal security sector of a democratic regime...

The Golan Heights: Political History, Settlement and Geography since 1949

The Golan Heights: Political History, Settlement and Geography since 1949

1st Edition

Yigal Kipnis
December 08, 2017

Presenting the settlement landscape of the Golan before and after June 1967, The Golan Heights deals with the issue of the border between Israel and Syria, and with the Israeli settlement process in the area following the Six Day War. The story of the Golan Heights and its position between Syria...

The Making of Lebanese Foreign Policy: Understanding the 2006 Hezbollah-Israeli War

The Making of Lebanese Foreign Policy: Understanding the 2006 Hezbollah-Israeli War

1st Edition

Henrietta Wilkins
December 08, 2017

Seeking to explain Lebanon’s behavior in the international arena during the 2006 war between Hezbollah and Israel, this book offers a critique of both systemic and sub state factors in determining foreign policy decisions. The Making of Lebanese Foreign Policy illustrates how systemic theories are...

Iranian Foreign Policy Since 2001: Alone in the World

Iranian Foreign Policy Since 2001: Alone in the World

1st Edition

Thomas Juneau, Sam Razavi
December 08, 2017

Examining Iranian foreign policy, with a focus on the years since 2001, this book analyses the defining feature of Iran’s international and regional posture, its strategic loneliness, and the implications of this for the Islamic Republic’s foreign policy. Iranian Foreign Policy since 2001 offers...

Israel’s Foreign Policy Beyond the Arab World: Engaging the Periphery

Israel’s Foreign Policy Beyond the Arab World: Engaging the Periphery

1st Edition

Jean-Loup Samaan
December 04, 2017

For over 60 years, Israel’s foreign policy establishment has looked at its regional policy through the lens of a geopolitical concept named "the periphery doctrine." The idea posited that due to the fundamental hostility of neighboring Arab countries, Israel ought to counterbalance this threat...

Politics and Gender Identity in Turkey: Centralised Islam for Socio-Economic Control

Politics and Gender Identity in Turkey: Centralised Islam for Socio-Economic Control

1st Edition

Umut Korkut, Hande Eslen-Ziya
October 30, 2017

The creation of Turkish nationhood, citizenship, economic transformation, the forceful removal of minorities and national homogenisation, gender rights, the position of armed forces in politics, and the political and economic integration of Kurdish minority in Turkish polity have all received major...

Turkey's Kurdish Question: Discourse & Politics Since 1990

Turkey's Kurdish Question: Discourse & Politics Since 1990

1st Edition

Hamid Akin Unver
October 13, 2017

The Kurdish question is one of the most complicated and protracted conflicts of the Middle East and will never be resolved unless it is finally defined. The majority of the Kurdish people live in Turkey, which gives the country a unique position in the larger Kurdish conundrum. Society in Turkey...

Municipal Politics in Turkey: Local Government and Party Organisation

Municipal Politics in Turkey: Local Government and Party Organisation

1st Edition

Charlotte Joppien
September 21, 2017

There is a large and growing literature on Turkish politics in general, and the AKP in particular. However, local government and party organization, although very important topics, are strikingly understudied. This book compares local politics in two Central Anatolian cities, Konya and Eskişehir,...

Sectarian Conflict in Egypt: Coptic Media, Identity and Representation

Sectarian Conflict in Egypt: Coptic Media, Identity and Representation

1st Edition

Elizabeth Iskander
June 16, 2017

In light of the Egyptian uprising in early 2011, understanding the dynamics that are shaping Egyptian politics and society is more crucial than ever as Egypt seeks to re-define itself after the Mubarak era. One of the most controversial debates concerns the place of religion in Egypt’s political...

Political Regimes in the Arab World: Society and the Exercise of Power

Political Regimes in the Arab World: Society and the Exercise of Power

1st Edition

Ferran Izquierdo Brichs
June 16, 2017

One of the implications of Orientalism is that the Arab world, as a homogenous entity, is often analysed as an anomaly within the international system. This book argues that, despite their differences, societies across the globe ultimately construct their own history according to very similar...

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