Erdoğan’s ‘New’ Turkey: Attempted Coup d’état and the Acceleration of Political Crisis, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Erdoğan’s ‘New’ Turkey

Attempted Coup d’état and the Acceleration of Political Crisis, 1st Edition

Edited by Nikos Christofis


256 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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Demonstrating how Turkey’s politics have developed, this book focuses on the causes and consequences of the failed coup d'état of 15 July 2016. The momentous event and its aftermath challenges us to ask if the coup was the cause of Turkey’s present crisis, or simply an accelerant of trends already in motion, and thus a catalyst for the realization of Erdoğan’s latent authoritarian impulses.

Bringing together approaches from politics, sociology, history and anthropology, the chapters shed much-needed light on these crucial questions. They offer scholars and non-specialists alike a comprehensive overview of the implications of the coup attempt and its aftermath on the issues of religion, democracy, the Kurds, the state, resistance and more besides. Its effects have been felt in almost every aspect of Turkish society from religion to politics, yet it came at a time when Turkey was already experiencing significant social and political turmoil under the increasingly authoritarian leadership of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Readers interested in contemporary politics, Turkish and Middle Eastern studies will find the volume useful, as they ponder other cases in this era of democratic retrenchment and global turmoil.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Accelerating Political Crisis in Erdoğan’s Turkey Nikos Christofis

Part I

Politics, Transformation and State (Re)Formation


1. The Brutalisation of Turkey

Hamit Bozarslan

2. The AKP Rule and the Directorate of Religious Affairs

Mustafa Şen

3. On the Watch: Civil–Military Relations and Affective Politics in Turkey After the July 15 Coup

Sertaç Kaya Şen

4. Becoming an Autocracy Under (Un)Democratic Circumstances: Regime Change Under AKP Rule

Rosa Burç and Mahir Tokatlı

5. The Enduring Politics of State Capture in the Ottoman–Turkish Tradition: Situating the AKP–Gülen Concordat in Historical Perspective

Simon P. Watmough

6. The Transformation of Citizenship Before and After the July Coup: The Case of Civil Martyrdom

Pınar Melis Yelsalı Parmaksız


Part II

Democracy, Solidarity and Hegemonic Politics

7. Making Sense of ‘Democracy’: Anxieties, Uncertainties, and Denial in Post-Coup Turkey

Aimilia Voulvouli

8. Crisis of Hegemony, but no Counter-Hegemonic Project—Making Sense of the Failed July 15 Coup in Turkey

Axel Gehring

9. The Perspectives and Politics of the Left in Turkey Regarding the 15 July Coup Attempt

Özgür Mutlu Ulus

10. International Solidarity Perplexed: From Gezi Park’s Certainties to Post-Coup Confusions

Leonidas Karakatsanis

11. The Coup as a Process: A Kurdish Perspective on the Development of New Autocracy in Turkey

Joost Jongerden

About the Editor

Nikos Christofis is an associate professor in the Center for Turkish Studies and in the School of History and Civilization at Shaanxi Normal University, Xi’an, China. His work focuses on comparative historical analysis of Greece, Turkey and Cyprus. He has published extensively in Greek, English, Turkish, Chinese and Spanish. He is the author of Turkey in the Long Sixties: Left Politics and the Radicalization of the Student Movement (2020, in Greek); co-editor of Cypriots Nationalism(s) in Context: History, Identity and Politics (2018), and editor of War and Resistance in Thessaly: Aspects of its History during the 1940s (2017) and Cyprus, the Left and Colonialism (2020) (both in Greek).

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:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / Middle Eastern
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies