The Role of Basic Personal Values in the Voting Behavior of Turkish People

13 Pages Posted: 29 Nov 2008 Last revised: 26 Jan 2009

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Cem Baslevent

Istanbul Bilgi University - Department of Economics

Hasan Kirmanoglu

Istanbul Bilgi University - Department of Economics

Date Written: November 25, 2008

Abstract

We use data drawn from the European Social Survey to investigate the role played by Turkish people's basic personal values in their political choices. In line with previous work, nine basic values are aggregated to obtain four higher-order values that can be placed on the opposite ends of two separate dimensions. We focus on how these values relate to people's decisions to vote for Turkey's two major political parties, namely the Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Republican People's Party (CHP). We also examine how the 'values' variables relate to the more conventional determinants of party choice and how they fare against them in terms of predictive power. Our main finding is that values do play a significant role such that the decision to vote for the AKP is negatively related with openness to change and self-transcendence while the opposite is the case for the CHP.

Keywords: basic personal values, party choice, Turkish politics

JEL Classification: J25

Suggested Citation

Baslevent, Cem and Kirmanoglu, Hasan, The Role of Basic Personal Values in the Voting Behavior of Turkish People (November 25, 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1307031 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1307031

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