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Democratic Consolidation in Turkey

Micro and macro challenges, 1st Edition

Edited by Cengiz Erisen, Paul Kubicek


224 pages | 16 B/W Illus.

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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.

Table of Contents

1: Conceptualizing Democratic Consolidation in Turkey

Cengiz Erisen and Paul Kubicek

Micro Foundations

2: Religiosity and Political Values in post-2000 Turkey

Birol Yeşilada Birol Yesilada and Peter Noordijk

3: Tolerance and Democratization in Turkey

Cengiz Erisen

4: Turkey’s Judicial Reforms and the Evolution of Public Confidence in Legal System

Yuksel Alper Ecevit Alper Ecevit

5: Media and Democracy in Turkey: An Analysis on the News Media Framing of Gezi Park Protests

Çağkan Sayın and Emre Toros

Macro Foundations

6: Majoritarian Democracy in Turkey: Causes and Consequences

Paul Kubicek

7: Problems of Rule of Law and Horizontal Accountability in Turkey: Defective Democracy or Competitive Authoritarianism?

Ergun Özbudun

8: Opposition Parties and Democratic Consolidation in Turkey

Sabri Sayarı

9: The Political Economy of Turkish Democracy

Ali Burak Güven

10: Conclusion: Turkish Democracy in 2015 and Beyond

Paul Kubicek and Cengiz Erisen

About the Editors

Cengiz Erisen is Associate Professor of Political Science at TOBB University of Economics and Technology. He has published work on comparative political behavior, political psychology, and Turkish politics.

Paul Kubicek is Professor of Political Science and Director of International Studies at Oakland University. He has written extensively on democratization in Eurasia and in Turkey, and is the editor of Turkish Studies.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics

This series is concerned with recent political developments in the region. It will have a range of different approaches and include both single authored monographs and edited volumes covering issues such as international relations, foreign intervention, security, political Islam, democracy, ideology and public policy.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies