Party politics in Turkey : a comparative perspective /
edited by Sabri Sayari, Pelin Ayan Musil and Özhan Demirkol.
Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2018.
xv, 246 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
1138207543, 9781138207547, 9781315461892
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Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2018.
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The study of party politics in Turkey / Sabri Sayari -- Professionalization of political parties -- Party membership and political participation in Turkey / Gülgün Erdogan Tosun, Tanju Tosun and Yusuf Can Gökmen -- Changing media, party campaign strategies, and the politics of Turkish elections in comparative perspective / F. Michael Wuthrich -- Financing political parties and electoral campaigns in Turkey / Ömer Faruk Gençkaya -- Assessing the level of party cartelization in contemporary Turkey / Pelin Ayan Musil -- Intra-party politics and political competition -- Factional conflicts and party splits in Turkey / Özhan Demirkol -- Municipal control as incumbency advantage ; an analysis of the AKP era / Özge Kemahlioglu and Elif Özdemir -- Social profiles of local party elites in Turkey / Gülnur Kocapinar -- Inter-party relations and the party system -- Theories of coalition government formation and party politics in Turkey / Arda C. Kumbaracibasi -- Social conflicts and politicized cleavages in Turkey / Hasret Dikici Bilgin -- Political perceptions of party voters and members in Turkey / Yüksel Alper Ecevit and Ödül Celep -- Party system institutionalization and democratic consolidation : the case of Turkey / Sebnem Yardimci-Geyikçi.
Although the literature on party politics has significantly advanced both methodologically and theoretically in recent years, the study of political parties in Turkey has been noticeably disconnected and lacking from such conversations. This book evaluates well-established theories and trends in exiting party politics literature and relates them to the case of Turkey. It explores fundamental questions such as: Who controls party organizations and how does the locus of control change over time? What kinds of power struggles are observed inside a party and between whom? What do the present and past records of party membership imply for party organizations? What role do grassroots activists play in local and national politics? How do the ideological orientations of party members differ from party leaders and other voters? What types of social cleavages shape political parties and how do they change over time? What constitutes the relationship between the state and parties today? Who finances political parties and what does this imply about the quality of democracy? How and why do party systems change? The various chapters show that party politics in the Turkish context is significantly different to Western and new democracies. By highlighting the significant contribution the Turkish case can make to existing conceptual frameworks and theories, this book will be a valuable resource for anyone studying political parties.
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