Distributive politics and electoral competition for the Kurdish vote

Kemahlıoğlu, Özge (2022) Distributive politics and electoral competition for the Kurdish vote. Turkish Studies, 23 (2). pp. 223-242. ISSN 1468-3849 (Print) 1743-9663 (Online)

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Competition for the Kurdish vote has been important in contemporary Turkish politics. Focusing on the non-contributory health insurance program in the early period of AKP rule, this article shows that this competition also affected the distribution of benefits. Kurdish citizens’ likelihood of holding a Green Card increased with the competitiveness of the district between the AKP and Kurdish-oriented parties. The number of Green Cards and social spending were also higher when a Kurdish-oriented party posed an electoral challenge. These findings reveal the electoral calculation behind AKP’s strategy of favoring Kurdish voters as well as the importance of political organization for the minority group’s access to benefits.
Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: distributive politics; ethnic group; Health policy; Kurds; Turkey
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Academic programs > Political Science
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Depositing User: Özge Kemahlıoğlu
Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2022 17:59
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2022 17:59
URI: https://research.sabanciuniv.edu/id/eprint/43787

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