Ağustos 18, 2020

Turkey’s 2015 general election: a final look at the parties and the campaign

Turkey will hold a general election on 7 June. Sezin Öney and Emre Erdoğan take a final look at the campaign before the country heads to the polls. They write that politics in Turkey has taken a notable populist turn in recent years, with the 2015 election campaign becoming dominated by a personalised style of politics, particularly in relation to the current Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and the leader of the pro-Kurdish HDP, Selahattin Demirtaş. During the campaign in […]
Ağustos 18, 2020

How Populist Zeitgeist Controls Turkish Electoral Campaign 2018

The new elections in Turkey is displaying strong populist rhetoric that is invoked by all major candidates in order to win popular support. These four political leaders’ electoral campaigns rely on populist language, glorifying the role of the people and illustrating their superiority. As the snap elections of June 24th approach, the populist tune in Turkish politics becomes the remarkable characteristic of the electoral campaign. In a country, used as the textbook example for populism or competitive authoritarianism, the competition between […]
Ağustos 18, 2020

How Turkey’s repetitive elections affected the populist tone in the discourses of the Justice and Development Party Leaders

Perceived uncertainty and anger lead people to investigate with respect to the establishment, and politicians who are seen as reckless within society. In this sense, populist discourse paved a way to respond by glorifying one group of people and scapegoating others that emerge as group differentiation. Critical moments especially illustrate mutual constructive identification through the discourse of political actors. This article explores a contextual change in the populist discourse of the Justice and Development Party (JDP) leaders by observing the […]