Regional Vote Shares of Turkey’s Main Parties During the 1999-2009 Period
18 Pages Posted: 31 Dec 2010
Date Written: December 30, 2010
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
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