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Insight Turkey > Issues | Turkish Politics after Elections - Fall 2011 / Volume 13, Number 4

Turkish Politics after Elections



Editor's Notes


Editor's Note | Fall 2011
It seems that the 2011 summer elections marks the end of the old maxim that conveniently formulates politics as “the art of the possible.” It is no secret that the transformative agenda by the consecutive AK Party governments since 2002 has been restricted by the “ancien regime,” which has drawn the limits of “what is necessary” or “what is possible” in affecting “fundamental changes” and reconfiguring the relations between the “old” and “new” power centers. However, the historic appreciation of the AK Party government expressed in votes by half the population suggests that as the old power elite is fading away, politics for the next AK Party government goes beyond its “fight” for emancipating politics from the constraints of Kemalist power centers. 


Commentaries


A Tradition in Delivering Injustice: Judiciary and Rights in Turkey
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Turkey’s Foray into Africa: A New Humanitarian Power?
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The Arab Spring and Turkey: The Camp David Order vs. the New Middle East
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The Arab Spring Gathers Clouds: Why the Revolts for Change Have Stalled
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Israel: Quo Vadis, Turkey?
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Torpedoing the Law: How the Palmer Report Justified Israel’s Naval Blockade of Gaza
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Disappointment at the United Nations: The Failure of the Palmer Report
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Articles


A Quantitative Analysis of Turkey’s 2011 Elections
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The Nationalist Action Party in the 2011 Elections: The Limits of Oscillating Between State and Society
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The 2011 Elections and the Kurdish Question1
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Continuity and Rupture: The “New CHP” or ‘What Has Changed in the CHP?’1
This paper discusses the CHP within the paradigm of party individualization and the “political...

The Electoral Success of the AKP: Cause for Hope and Despair
The 2011 elections marked the emergence of the AKP as a political brand that is likely to win all...

Turkey at the Crossroads: From “Change with Politics as Usual” to Politics with Change as Usual
The article analyzes the new roadmap for Turkey after the summer 2011 elections as not a...


Book Reviews


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In the Shadow of Sectarianism: Law, Shi‘ism and the Making of Modern Lebanon
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The Militant Kurds: A Dual Strategy for Freedom
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The Kurds and US Foreign Policy: International Relations in the Middle East since 1945
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The Caucasus Under Soviet Rule
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