The era of dominant-party politics

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Müftüler-Baç, Meltem and Keyman, Fuat (2012) The era of dominant-party politics. Journal of Democracy, 23 (1). pp. 85-99. ISSN 1045-5736 (print) ; 1086-3214 (online)

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/jod.2012.0000


The paper analyzes the main factors leading to the Justice and Development Party’s 2011 electoral victory and proposes that the party’s ability to engage with the Turkish public and its effective governance are the main reasons behind its electoral successes. The AKP’s position could be characterized by “electoral hegemony,” yet it seems that the AKP’s power—which stems from its transformative role in Turkey’s modernization and foreign policy—has not yet paved the way to the consolidation of democracy. The AKP’s ability to put together a societal consensus is thus critical in a Turkish politics characterized by a dominant party and a weak opposition.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
ID Code:18903
Deposited By:Meltem Müftüler-Baç
Deposited On:29 Feb 2012 15:11
Last Modified:29 Jul 2019 10:51

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