The Role of Basic Personal Values in the Voting Behavior of Turkish People
13 Pages Posted: 29 Nov 2008 Last revised: 26 Jan 2009
Date Written: November 25, 2008
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
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