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The AKP Since Gezi Park

Moving to Regime Change in Turkey, 1st Edition

Edited by Susannah Verney, Anna Bosco, Senem Aydin-Düzgit


236 pages

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Hardback: 9781138495562
pub: 2019-07-12
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While the Justice and Development Party (AKP) has dominated Turkish politics for a decade and a half, recent years have seen a qualitative change, culminating in the 2017 referendum on the move to a presidential system. This volume focuses on the later years of AKP rule after the first direct presidential election in 2014. It shows how during this period the AKP has changed the political system and societal dynamics, maintained its electoral predominance, and ultimately opened the way for regime change. This collection of key chapters offers indispensable reading for everyone who wants to understand current Turkish politics and the continued hegemony of the AKP in the country’s political life.

The chapters previously published as articles (Vol 19: issue 2 to Vol 22: issue 3) in South European Society and Politics.

Table of Contents

Introduction – The AKP on the Road to Presidentialism

Susannah Verney, Anna Bosco and Senem Aydın-Düzgit

Changing the System

1. AKP at the Crossroads: Erdoğan’s Majoritarian Drift

Ergun Özbudun

2. Islamisation of Turkey under the AKP Rule: Empowering Family, Faith and Charity

Ayhan Kaya

3. An Unfinished Grassroots Populism: The Gezi Park Protests in Turkey and their Aftermath

Hayriye Özen

4. Emergence of a Dominant Party System after Multipartyism: Theoretical Implications from the Case of the AKP in Turkey

Pelin Ayan Musil

Maintaining Electoral Predominance

5. Plus Ça Change Plus C’est le Même Chose: Consolidation of the AKP’s Predominance in the March 2014 Local Elections in Turkey

Ali Çarkoğlu

6. Turkish Popular Presidential Elections: Deepening Legitimacy Issues and Looming Regime Change

Ersin Kalaycıoğlu

7. Winds of Change? The June 2015 Parliamentary Elections in Turkey

Özge Kemahlıoğlu

8. Back to a Predominant Party System: The November 2015 Snap Election in Turkey

Sabri Sayarı

Moving to Presidentialism

9. Taking Sides: Determinants of Support for a Presidential System in Turkey

S. Erdem Aytaç, Ali Çarkoğlu and Kerem Yıldırım

10. A Small Yes for Presidentialism: The Turkish Constitutional Referendum of April 2017

Berk Esen and Şebnem Gümüşçü

About the Editors

Susannah Verney is an Assistant Professor at the University of Athens, Greece, and co-Editor of South European Society and Politics.

Anna Bosco is an Associate Professor at the University of Trieste, Italy, and co-Editor of South European Society and Politics.

Senem Aydin-Düzgit is an Associate Professor at Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey, and Associate Editor of South European Society and Politics.

About the Series

South European Society and Politics

The parallel regime transitions of the 1970s, when Southern Europe was the vanguard of the ‘third wave’ of democratisation, the impact of EU membership and Europeanisation and more recently, the region’s central role in the eurozone crisis have all made Southern Europe a distinctive area of interest for social science scholars. The South European Society and Politics book series promotes new empirical research into the domestic politics and society of South European states. The series, open to a broad range of social science approaches, offers comparative thematic volumes covering the region as a whole and on occasion, innovative single-country studies. Its geographical scope includes both ‘old’ and ‘new’ Southern Europe, defined as Italy, Greece, Portugal, Spain, Cyprus, Malta and Turkey.

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