Regional Vote Shares of Turkey’s Main Parties During the 1999-2009 Period

18 Pages Posted: 31 Dec 2010

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Ali Akarca

University of Illinois at Chicago - Department of Economics

Cem Baslevent

Istanbul Bilgi University - Department of Economics

Date Written: December 30, 2010

Abstract

Based on the 3-way and 5-way groupings of Turkey’s 81 provinces obtained in Akarca and Başlevent (2011), we report the regional vote shares of the main parties in the Turkish party system in each nationwide election held between 1999 and 2009. The vote shares reveal that conservative right-wing parties receive a plurality of votes in all regions of the 3-way partition, but they receive significant challenge from left-wing and Turkish-nationalist parties in the west and the Kurdish-nationalist parties in the east. In addition to these patterns, the 5-way partition brings out also shifts in the relative strength of the parties within each main division.

Keywords: elections, voter behavior, party choice, political geography, cluster analysis, Turkey

JEL Classification: D72, R23

Suggested Citation

Akarca, Ali and Baslevent, Cem, Regional Vote Shares of Turkey’s Main Parties During the 1999-2009 Period (December 30, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1732644 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1732644

Ali Akarca (Contact Author)

University of Illinois at Chicago - Department of Economics ( email )

725 University Hall (UH)
Chicago, IL 60607-7121
United States

Cem Baslevent

Istanbul Bilgi University - Department of Economics ( email )

Kustepe
Susli
Istanbul, 80310
Turkey

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