BBurak

  As known, the elections are drawing near. The Presidential elections which will be held on June 24 will also determine the names of the deputies for the twenty-seventh term of office. In the presidential elections 6 candidates will run for office, the Council of Higher Election declared them as follows: Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Muharrem… » read more

Posted by Begum Burak

    In this post, I am sharing the election manifesto of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan based on two newsapers having quite different idelogical orientations… As known, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has revealed his party’s manifesto for the elections. He delivered vital messages for the economy, foreign policy, human rights and the regional status of Turkey… » read more

Posted by Begum Burak

“Turkey’s electoral system awards seats based on a proportional representation formula that tends to reward larger parties and coalitions. Parties that fail to achieve the 10% minimum of the national vote have any seats won reallocated to others that meet the threshold. In March, the AKP-dominated parliament passed a bill that permitted electoral alliances in… » read more

Posted by Begum Burak

Tomorrow is World Press Freedom Day. On the occasion of that day, I want to share an article of mine published in 2011. The article is entitled ” Instrumentalist Use of Journalism in Imposing the Kemalist Hegemonic Worldview and Educating the Masses in the Early Republican Period”   In the early years of the Republic,… » read more

Posted by Begum Burak

This article was published in European Journal of Turkish Studies. It provides an insigthful anaylsis about the developments regarding the labor movement in Turkey… One of the paragraphs says the following:   “The predominant view of the labor movement in Turkey is one that sees the movement as relatively inconsequential to the development of Turkish… » read more

Posted by Begum Burak

According to the Report’s overview, the following has been said:   President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) has been the ruling party in Turkey since 2002. After initially passing some liberalizing reforms, the government has shown growing contempt for political rights and civil liberties in recent years, perpetrating serious abuses in areas… » read more

Posted by Begum Burak

  The concept of political culture can be defined as the sum of assumptions about the political world (David J. Elkins and Richard E. B. Simeon 1979: 127). Assumptions about the political world focus attention on certain features of institutions, events and behavior, define the realm of the possible, identify the problems deemed pertinent, and… » read more

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The July 15 Coup Attempt

  The history of modern Turkey can be summarized as the history of military interventions. In the late Ottoman times, the army was the first and foremost institution through which the modernization steps were taken. In parallel to that, the Army has been seen as the founder and the guardian of the newly founded regime… » read more

Posted by Begum Burak

In this article, I will apply one of the important sociological theoretical frameworks namely “center-periphery” to Turkish political life. The concept of “center-periphery” was firstly coined by Edward Shils.Shils regarded Center as the center of the order of symbols, of values and beliefs. The Center is also a phenomenon of the realm of action. It… » read more

Posted by Begum Burak