Kulturkampf in Turkey: the constitutional referendum of 12 September 2010

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Kalaycıoğlu, Ersin (2012) Kulturkampf in Turkey: the constitutional referendum of 12 September 2010. South European Society and Politics (Sp. Iss. SI), 17 (1). pp. 1-22. ISSN 1360-8746

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13608746.2011.600555


The referendum of 12 September 2010 saw the resurfacing of the main cultural cleavages in Turkish society, resulting in a major kulturkampf between the more socio-cultural liberal and secular coastal provinces and the more religious conservative hinterland. The AKP and some Islamist and Turkish nationalist fringe parties supported the ‘yea’ vote,the rest of the political parties supported ‘nay’, and the Kurdish nationalists boycotted the referendum. Individual-level statistical analysis of the vote indicates that partisanship, ideological splits, economic satisfaction and religiosity played a major role in influencing vote choices. A highly divided society, producing a 60–40 divide across a host of political issues, seemed to have emerged, helping the governing AKP get its way through heightened conflict.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Turkey; Referendum; Secular–religious Divide; AKP; Economic Satisfaction; Identity; Party Identification
Subjects:J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
ID Code:18922
Deposited By:Ersin Kalaycıoğlu
Deposited On:27 Mar 2012 14:20
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 10:25

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