The emerging predominant party system in Turkey

Gümüşçü, Şebnem (2013) The emerging predominant party system in Turkey. Government and Opposition, 48 (2). pp. 223-244. ISSN 0017-257X (Print) 1477-7053 (Online)

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In the Turkish national elections of 12 June 2011 the ruling Adalet ve Kalkinma Partisi (AKP, Justice and Development Party) registered an exceptional success in Turkish democracy. For the first time, an incumbent party had managed to increase its votes for three elections in a row and established its predominance. This article argues that the AKP, like the Christian Democrats in Italy, Liberal Democrats in Japan or Social Democrats in Sweden, has established a cycle of dominance that includes initial mobilization, expansion of core support through material benefits, delegitimization of the opposition and selective use of ideological rigidity and flexibility. It is through this cycle that the AKP consolidated its position as a right-wing party, unifying centre-right and Islamic constituencies and thereby accomplishing what the other right-wing parties in Turkey had failed to do in the past.
Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Foundations Development
Depositing User: Şebnem Gümüşçü
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2014 21:55
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2019 11:49

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