Evidence of Polarization in Turkish Politics from Survey Data

10 Pages Posted: 17 Apr 2009

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Cem Baslevent

Istanbul Bilgi University - Department of Economics

Date Written: April 15, 2009

Abstract

Using a 2007 survey of electoral tendencies, we look for evidence of “polarization” in Turkish politics. We make use of variables such as the respondents’ views regarding EU membership and the state of the economy as well as concerns about the fate of the secularist nature of the state. Through regression and cluster analysis, we examine the characteristics of the voters of the two major parties of the political scene, namely the Justice and Development Party and the Republican People’s Party. We conclude that the two parties indeed get their support from voter bases that are quite distinct and distant from each other.

Keywords: polarization, logit analysis, cluster analysis, Turkey

JEL Classification: D72

Suggested Citation

Baslevent, Cem, Evidence of Polarization in Turkish Politics from Survey Data (April 15, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1384590 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1384590

Cem Baslevent (Contact Author)

Istanbul Bilgi University - Department of Economics ( email )

Kustepe
Susli
Istanbul, 80310
Turkey

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