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The Democratization Process in Turkey: Theory, Legacy, and Prospects

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.

The Democratization Process in Turkey Theory Legacy and Prospects

Turkey’s Democratization Process 

Edited By Carmen Rodríguez, Antonio Ávalos,

Hakan Yılmaz and Ana I. Planet

London and New York: Routledge, 2014, 444 pages, £110.00, ISBN: 9780415836968.


Debating Turkish Modernity:
Civilization, Nationalism, and the EEC
 

By Mehmet Döşemeci

New York: Cambridge, 2013, 240 pages, £57.00, ISBN: 9781107044913.


Democratic Reform and Consolidation:
The Cases of Mexico and Turkey
 

By Evren Çelik Wiltse

Colchester: ECPR Press, 2015, 288 pages, £24.00, ISBN: 9781907301674.


 

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.”1 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.”2 Amongst others, Turkish democracy, in this sense, is not exceptional in failing to meet the entangled criteria of actual, and ideal democracy. Turkish political history is replete with examples of discrepancies between actualities and aspired democratic goals. Özbudun and Gençkaya identify this lack of congruence in Turkish democratic life as a s

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