Politics as (un)usual? An overview of the June 2018 presidential and parliamentary elections in Turkey

Moral, Mert (2021) Politics as (un)usual? An overview of the June 2018 presidential and parliamentary elections in Turkey. In: Çarkoğlu, Ali and Kalaycıoğlu, Ersin, (eds.) Elections and Public Opinion in Turkey: Through the Prism of the 2018 Elections. Routledge, London, pp. 22-50. ISBN 9781003166047

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The concurrent parliamentary and presidential elections on June 24, 2018, show several elements of change and continuity in Turkish politics. The snap elections were the first elections after Turkey’s transition to an “alla Turca” presidential regime and marked the fragmentation of the dominant right-wing bloc due to the emergence of the center-right IYI and its and conservative SP’s electoral alliance with the main opposition CHP. Rapidly deteriorating democratic practices and economic conditions, while resulting in a significant decrease in the incumbent AKP’s electoral support in the general elections, did not, however, impede President Erdoğan from securing another victory in the presidential election. After a brief overview of the background of the two elections with a particular focus on the emergence of IYI, electoral alliances, presidential candidates, growing party, electoral and media polarization, election campaign, and electoral conduct, this chapter presents descriptive accounts of the systemic indicators of the Turkish party system and geographical distributions of the legislative parties and major presidential candidates’ electoral supports to answer whether the two elections reveal a departure from the “Turkish politics as usual.”
Item Type: Book Section / Chapter
Uncontrolled Keywords: June 2018 presidential and parliamentary elections; electoral alliances; political polarization; electoral behavior; electoral geography
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Academic programs > Political Science
Depositing User: Mert Moral
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2022 15:48
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2022 15:48
URI: https://research.sabanciuniv.edu/id/eprint/44393

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