Challenging ideas
On Turkish politics and International affairs


Ayşenur Kılıç Aslan

Independent Researcher
Ayşenur Kılıç Aslan
The Democratization Process in Turkey: Theory, Legacy, and Prospects
July 10, 2017
In one of his articles on the requirements of large-scale democracy and political institutions, Robert A. Dahl warns students of political science by stating, “in ordinary language, we use the word democracy to refer both to a goal or ideal and to an actuality that is only a partial attainment of the goal.” A practical use of this notice in scholarly analyses is to start with the postulate that, “every actual democracy has fallen short of democratic criteria.” Amongst others, Turkish democracy, in this sense, is not exceptional in failing to meet the entangled criteria of actual, and ideal democracy.

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