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The Turkish AK Party and its Leader
Criticism, opposition and dissent

Edited By

Umit Cizre

ISBN 9780367877347
Published December 12, 2019 by Routledge
242 Pages

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Book Description

After landslide electoral victories, two referenda and a presidential election, thirteen years of AK Party rule have shattered many myths regarding Turkey’s politics and the nature of the party itself.

This book argues that the last thirteen years are best understood via the AK party’s interaction with the social-political realm. It focuses on criticism, dissent and opposition from prominent organized groups in Turkish society, which themselves represent significantly different traditions, ideologies and interests. Bringing together specialists from across the field, its chapters explore key societal actors to reveal the dynamics behind the last decade of AK Party rule. Overall, the book throws light on the extent to which the government’s characters, trajectories, policies and leadership style have been interactively shaped by opposition and dissent.

Exploring the historically unprecedented and politically controversial rule of the AK Party, as well as the relationship between modern societal groups and a government driven by a conservative Islamic tradition, this book is a valuable resource for students and scholars of Turkish studies, as well as politics more generally.

Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: the politics of redressing grievances - the AK Party and its leader Ümit Cizre

    2. Kemalist Advocacy in a Post-Kemalist Era? Sinan Ciddi

    3. Kemalist Feminists in the Era of the AK Party Nil Mutluer

    4. Alevi Critique of the AK Party: Criticizing "Islamism" or the Turkish State? Elise Massicard

    5. An Intellectual Left Perspective On The AK Party Governments: The Birikim Journal Ümit Cizre

    6. The Right to the City during the AK Party’s Thermidor Ferhat Kentel

    7. Rising Criticism of Erdoğan during the Gezi Protests Fahrettin Altun

    8. Pragmatic Politics: The Gülen Movement and the AKP Kim Shively

    9. Mystifying Nationalism: Kurdish Islamists And The Kurdish Question Ahmet Yıldız


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Ümit Cizre is the former Director of the Center for Modern Turkish Studies at İstanbul Şehir University, Turkey. Her research interests cover Turkey’s democracy problems, civil-military relations, democratic governance of the security sector, the Turkish right, nationalism, and the political Islam-secular establishment nexus.

Burhanettin Duran is the general coordinator of Ankara-based SETA Foundation and a former professor of political science at İstanbul Şehir University, Turkey. His research focus covers Turkish Foreign Policy, Middle Eastern politics, Turkish political thought, the transformation of the Islamist intellectual tradition, and the AK Party.