Eurocynicism: An Important Argumentative Fallacy in Pro-AKP Political Discourse

Eurocynicism:  An Important Argumentative Fallacy in Pro-AKP Political Discourse

September 2015

Asst. Prof. Dr. Can Büyükbay, Political Scientist Vice-Chairman, Progressive Thought Institute   Generally speaking, political cynicism has different aspects and can be directed towards various institutions, issues and regimes. In the context of Eurocynicism the term “cynicism” refers to coexistence of scepticism and sarcasm. To clarify more, Slavoj...

War on Terrorism in The Middle East?

War on Terrorism in The Middle East?

August 2015

Turkish public opinion learnt a militant organisation’s name in June 2014 why the organisation captured Mosul which is an oil rich city in Iraq. The organisation’s name is Islamic State of Iraq-Sham. Sham means Damascus in Turkish. As it is known it’s the capital of Syria. But Sham does not indicate Damascus in the organisation’s initials. It has the...

Political Psychology of Peace and War: Peace as a Psychological Need

Political Psychology of Peace and War: Peace as a Psychological Need

August 2015

The common view is that Turkey is on the verge of civil war as well as war; in fact, the categorical distinction between a war and a civil war is fast fading in post-election Turkey where waging a full-fledged war in Syria has direct consequences and implications for the internal conflicts of domestic politics. While a minority of the commentators would claim...

Towards the limits of dominant-party period? Notes and hopes for the June 2015 elections

Towards the limits of dominant-party period? Notes and hopes for the June 2015 elections

May 2015

Kıvanç ATAK European University Institute, Florence   Is Turkey coming to an end of its dominant-party period? It is not entirely unrealistic to give an affirmative answer to this question. Still, for many observers and commentators alike, the more likely scenario is another term of Justice and Development Party (AKP) government, albeit with an eroding...

A new “foreigner” imagery in the Turkish financial markets?

A new “foreigner” imagery in the Turkish financial markets?

May 2015

The recent years of the AKP rule have been marked by the increasingly polarizing voice of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the current and first directly elected president of Turkey. In the face of opposition and criticism, Mr Erdogan tends to use rhetorical troops that transform his critics into national and/or international conspirators against him and AKP.  A much more...

Reading Manifestos: European Union in Turkey’s June 2015 Elections

Reading Manifestos: European Union in Turkey’s June 2015 Elections

May 2015

As the June 2015 general elections approach all major political parties in Turkey published their election manifestos, which are considered as the “standard accessory of elections in most democratic countries” (Daeubler, 2012: 51).. Theoretically, manifestos play an important role as they ease intra-party communication as well as communication with voters,...

Elect or Erect: 2015 Elections in Turkey

Elect or Erect: 2015 Elections in Turkey

May 2015

It is hard to state that majority of the Turkish citizens are equally interested in upcoming elections. AKP voters are sure that their party will win yet another election by 40 to 50 %. This confidence partially stems from the typical belief that the standard voter is inclined towards a stable future which is supposed to be associated and represented by the...

As the maps are being drawn…

As the maps are being drawn…

September 2014

A kind of never-ending conflict in the Middle East has reached its peak with the emergence of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) terrorist organization.  ISIS, initiative is Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, took place in the scene recently as the most brutal one between the radical Islamist groups of all time up to the present. Just now, the...

Sledgehammer: A Turning Point In the History of Turkish Judiciary System.

Sledgehammer: A Turning Point In the History of Turkish Judiciary System.

August 2014

There is a famous proverb used in English that we could use in our lives quite often: Silence is bliss. Not in Turkey any more. Here, silence is not counted as a bliss. Instead it has ruined the lives of many intellectuals. The Sledgehammer Case of Turkey started in January 2010 which marks a turning point in the history of justice in Turkey. With the delivery...

Election Of The 10th August 2014

Election Of The 10th August 2014

August 2014

Mr. Erdoğan has been elected the 12. President of Republic on the 10th of August 2014.  Attentive observers noticed that none of the candidates could be in a position to get the absolute majority in case of a massive participation. On the contrary, a low rate of participation would allow Mr. Erdoğan to pass over the fatidical bar of 50 percent.  Actually,...

The Economic and Governence Situation and Prospects Following The Presidential Election

The Economic and Governence Situation and Prospects Following The Presidential Election

August 2014

At the first election in which the president was elected directly by the electorate in Turkey, the ruling AKP (Justice and Development Party)’s candidate Mr. Erdoğan obtained 51.79 per cent of the votes.  Mr. İhsanoğlu who was the umbrella candidate supported by the social democratic CHP (Republican People’s Party), MHP (Nationalist Movement Party) and a...

Analysis Of 2014 Turkish Municipal Elections

Analysis Of 2014 Turkish Municipal Elections

May 2014

Introduction Turkish people went to polls for municipal elections on March 30, 2014. Results show that the governing Justice and Development Party (JDP) and its charismatic leader known with his authoritarian style Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had their sixth consecutive victory.[1] Turnout rates for the elections were very high according to earlier results though the...

Would the AKP’s proposal consolidate democracy in Turkey? An examination from the point of separation of powers

Would the AKP’s proposal consolidate democracy in Turkey? An examination from the point of separation of powers

May 2014

The characteristics inherent in presidential systems, such as extreme personification of politics, high cost of losses and wins, a strengthening of the legitimacy of the political executive and the dominance of the president’s control over the legislature would contribute to authoritarian tendencies, because the rule of law is insufficient due to the suspected...

Turkey Under The AKP Rule: The Illusion Of “Gesellschaft”, The Reality of “Gemeinschaft”

Turkey Under The AKP Rule: The Illusion Of “Gesellschaft”, The Reality of “Gemeinschaft”

May 2014

  To begin, I will briefly explain the concepts of Gesellschaft (civil society) and Gemeinschaft (community) as developed by the famous German sociologist Ferdinand Tönnies. Gemeinschaft is an association where individuals and informal relations are dominant (primary relations), whereas Gesellschaft is an association that emphasizes rational and...

The June uprising in Turkey and the fall of the JDP(Justice and Development Party)

The June uprising in Turkey and the fall of the JDP(Justice and Development Party)

May 2014

One of the recurring comments regarding the Gezi Park protests that kicked-off on May 31st and which has escalated into a mass rally for an astonishing period of 3 weeks, literally spreading throughout the nation, has been that the opposition’s rather weak and inadequate standing that has fuelled the defiance of the masses and helped support the intensity of...

The AKP’s constitutional amendment proposal for a “presidential system”

The AKP’s constitutional amendment proposal for a “presidential system”

May 2014

    The AKP has finally turned words into action by drafting and sending Parliament a proposal to change the political system in Turkey to a “presidential system.” The AKP insistently uses this phrase, “presidential system” for its constitutional proposal as it entails provisions such as the election of the head of the state by a general vote,...

Politics, the AKP Style: What happens when you run out of “enemies?”

Politics, the AKP Style: What happens when you run out of “enemies?”

May 2014

  Introduction: AKP, Justice and Development Party, has built its reign on power through a series of unorthodox networks of political alliances in the country and abroad during 12+ years in the government at national and municipal levels in Turkey.  During this time, the Prime Minister has galvanized the hitherto existing centers of power within his party and...

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