Transformation of Turkish Politics: Socio-Political, Economic and Ethnic Peculiarities

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Metin Toprak

Istanbul University - Faculty of Economics

Nasuh Uslu

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Judd Daniel King

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: August 14, 2009

Abstract

This article is based on a fieldwork conducted in the second half of October 2007. The sampling has been designed to represent whole of Turkey. Modern Turkey has reached its 85th anniversary and still deals with problems related to the discussion on ethnic and religious identities in Turkish society. By conducting this survey, we have portrayed general peculiarities of Turkish voters in terms of political, socio-economic, ethnic, and religious identities. We have obtained three main socio-political upper identities and called them Modernist-Kemalist, Conservative-Nationalist and Leftist-Social Democrat. The most common identities in Turkish society are lined up as Modernist-Kemalist, Conservative-Nationalist and Leftist-Social Democrat. It is interesting that the AKP has a high level of acceptance among all groups. This means that this party has moved to the center (center-right) and that the largest part of the Turkish population does not considered it a serious threat to the regime. The main divide within Turkish society, and the source of its conflict, is not so much among the majority of people, but rather between them and a traditional secular elite that continues to use its influence to deny those who do not share its particular vision of westernization access to the public sphere.

Keywords: Turkish politics, conservative democracy, transformation of Turkish politics, Turkish secularism

Suggested Citation

Toprak, Metin and Uslu, Nasuh and King, Judd Daniel, Transformation of Turkish Politics: Socio-Political, Economic and Ethnic Peculiarities (August 14, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1473878 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1473878

Metin Toprak (Contact Author)

Istanbul University - Faculty of Economics ( email )

Istanbul
Turkey

HOME PAGE: http://www.istanbul.edu.tr

Nasuh Uslu

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Judd Daniel King

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

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