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The Turkish AK Party and its Leader

Criticism, opposition and dissent, 1st Edition

Edited by Umit Cizre

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232 pages

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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

About the Editor

Ümit Cizre is the former Director of the Center for Modern Turkish Studies at Istanbul Sehir 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 Istanbul Sehir 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.

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:
POL059000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / Middle Eastern
SOC053000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies