Turkish Democracy Today: Elections, Protest and Stability in by Ersin Kalaycioglu, Ali Carkoglu

By Ersin Kalaycioglu, Ali Carkoglu

The authors of this quantity mix state of the art conception with in-depth empirical study to deal with the foremost concerns in modern Turkish politics: the increase of democratic Islamist events, and the results in their ascendancy for political balance and democratic governance. they give vital conclusions on voter decision-making in Turkey, and supply a rigorous theoretical framework for settling on developments and waiting for destiny advancements.

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This however, is considerably higher than the MHP’s pre-1980 level of support. What then are the characteristics of the new MHP constituency? Are they attitudinally considerably more nationalistic and patriotic than other parties in the system? Or are there other factors that better define the MHP constituency? We address these and other questions in Chapter seven below. 1 Electoral Support for Major Parties, 1950–2002 1991 1995 1999 2002 TAKINGPPOLITICAL ART IN PPOLITICS ARTIES ,IN A 2002 HISTORICAL ELECTION OVERVIEW 31 32 TURKISH DEMOCRACY TODAY The two major opposition parties did not perform much better in November 2002 compared to their accomplishments in 1999.

Besides elites’ preoccupation with Byzantine struggles of leadership, the CHP, together with Tansu Çiller’s DYP, lacked trustworthiness since they were in power just a few years ago, during the previous economic crisis, and thus were not seen by the masses as adept and potent parties that can deliver prosperity in a sensible and convincing way. The SP’s problem was slightly different in character than those of the CHP and DYP. SP was primarily in competition with the newly rising popularity of the new generation pro-Islamists of Tayyip Erdog˘an and his friends.

4 Both are pro-EU and pro-market in their economic policies. The DYP has an advantageous standing in its approach and linkages to the rural agrarian sectors compared to ANAP, which largely depended on newly urbanised segments of society. These two parties dominated the administration in the post-1980 period but failed to meet the expectations of the masses. 5 We included the GP of Cem Uzan in the centre-right category. This categorization may be controversial for the GP, since Uzan’s campaign in 2002 sounded distinctly nationalist at times, mainly due to its populist policy stance and anti-western attitude in many policy areas.

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