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Change and Continuity in Turkey s June 2018 Elections
Change and Continuity in Turkey’s June 2018 Elections

In this paper, we first present a background to the watershed elections of 2018, describing the context preceding the...

Monday, October 1, 2018

The Political Economy of AK Party Rule in Turkey From
The Political Economy of AK Party Rule in Turkey: From a Regulatory to a Developmental State?

The macroeconomic and financial stability orientation of AK Party governments, with their emphasis on fiscal discipline...

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Culture Social Contestation and Turkey s Failed Coup The Rivalry
Culture, Social Contestation and Turkey’s Failed Coup: The Rivalry of Social Imaginaries

This article explores the processes involved in the emergence of rival social imaginaries, as they develop in a cultural...

Friday, July 1, 2016

Understanding the AK Party s Identity Politics A Civilizational Discourse
Understanding the AK Party’s Identity Politics: A Civilizational Discourse and its Limitations

The AK Party seeks to respond to four challenges stemming from three confrontations (Islamism, Kemalism, and regional...

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

European Views of Turkish Foreign Policy
European Views of Turkish Foreign Policy

This article examines how the European elite views new parameters of Turkey’s increasing activism in the Middle East with...

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Islam Conservatism and Democracy in Turkey Comparing Turgut Özal and
Islam, Conservatism, and Democracy in Turkey: Comparing Turgut Özal and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

In the absence of a politically influential aristocracy and the entrepreneurial middle class, the political and economic...

Monday, April 1, 2013

The Effect of New Turkish Foreign Policy on International Trade
The Effect of New Turkish Foreign Policy on International Trade

Turkish foreign policy has changed substantially within the last decade. Even though its relationship with the West still...

Monday, July 1, 2013

Constitutional Amendments Under the Justice and Development Party Rule
Constitutional Amendments Under the Justice and Development Party Rule

Turkey’s 1982 Constitution does not reflect the values of modern constitutionalism. Originally, the Constitution...

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The Turkish Economy During the Justice and Development Party Decade
The Turkish Economy During the Justice and Development Party Decade

During the 1990s, political uncertainties in Turkey had negative effects that left the economy vulnerable to public and...

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Civil-Military Relations During the AK Party Era Major Developments and
Civil-Military Relations During the AK Party Era: Major Developments and Challenges

The remarkable transformation of Turkish civil-military relations since the AK Party’s rise to power has not led to total...

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Turkey s Education Policy During the AK Party Era 2002-2013
Turkey’s Education Policy During the AK Party Era (2002-2013)

The AK Party has been a leading reform actor with particular emphasis on education. AK Party governments implemented...

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Political Culture and National Identity in Conceptualising the Gezi Park
Political Culture and National Identity in Conceptualising the Gezi Park Movement

This essay interprets the Gezi Park protests that began as a local resistance to government plans to level a public park...

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Insights for Egypt s and Tunisia s Islamists from Turkish
Insights for Egypt’s and Tunisia’s Islamists from Turkish Experience of Democratic Transition

Turkey is achieved a viable combination of Islam, democracy and development. After prolonged periods of political...

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Theorizing the Transformation of Turkish Foreign Policy
Theorizing the Transformation of Turkish Foreign Policy

The transformation of Turkish foreign policy has become a closely followed subject, fueling important debates on the...

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Geopolitical Codes in Davutoğlu s Views toward the Middle East
Geopolitical Codes in Davutoğlu’s Views toward the Middle East

Critical geopolitics, which is a relatively new field of study for scholars of international relations, seeks to...

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

The Longest Year of Turkish Politics 2014
The Longest Year of Turkish Politics: 2014

Like all long political years, the year 2014 did not begin on January 1st; rather, 2014 politically began at the end of...

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

One Down Two More to Go Electoral Trends in the
One Down, Two More to Go: Electoral Trends in the Aftermath of the March 2014 Municipality Elections

The March 2014 local elections in Turkey did not drastically alter electoral balances in Turkey. The AK Party maintained...

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The 2014 Local Elections in Turkey A Victory for Identity
The 2014 Local Elections in Turkey: A Victory for Identity Politics

The context of and the meaning conferred upon the local elections led it to be fought in a referandum-like atmosphere....

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Republican People s Party and the 2014 Local Elections
The Republican People’s Party and the 2014 Local Elections in Turkey

Ahead of the 2014 local elections, the main opposition, the Republican People’s Party (CHP), developed an aggressive...

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The AK Party Dominant Party New Turkey and Polarization
The AK Party: Dominant Party, New Turkey and Polarization

One of the fiercest electoral battles fought in the Turkish political history, the March 30, 2014 local elections yielded...

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Impact of the New Zero Problems Policy and the
The Impact of the “New” Zero Problems Policy and the Arab Spring on the Relations between Turkey and Lebanese Factions

As the Arab Spring unfolds, a new power configuration is emerging in the Middle East. Turkey is at the center of the new...

Tuesday, April 1, 2014


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