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The failure of democracy in Turkey: a comparative analysis

McLaren, Lauren M.; Cop, Burak

Authors

Lauren M. McLaren lauren.mclaren@nottingham.ac.uk

Burak Cop burakcop@yahoo.co.uk



Abstract

Although Turkey took its initial steps toward establishing democracy in 1950, it has thus far failed to become a fully functioning democracy. Using the comparison cases of Spain and Greece, this paper discusses two related variables that are likely to have thwarted the development of full democracy in Turkey: (1) experience with authoritarian rule and (2) elite settlement or convergence toward acceptance of the democratic rules of the game. The paper ultimately contends that despite the EU’s attempt to push Turkey towards full democracy in the modern day it is unlikely that Turkey will become a fully functioning democracy until it manages to achieve civilian elite agreement regarding the rules of the Turkish democratic game, and that Turkey’s experience with authoritarian rule may, in turn, have hindered the development of such rules.

Citation

McLaren, L. M., & Cop, B. (2011). The failure of democracy in Turkey: a comparative analysis. Government and Opposition, 46(4), doi:10.1111/j.1477-7053.2011.01344.x

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2011
Deposit Date Feb 27, 2013
Publicly Available Date Feb 27, 2013
Journal Government and Opposition
Print ISSN 0017-257X
Electronic ISSN 0017-257X
Publisher Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 46
Issue 4
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1477-7053.2011.01344.x
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/1452
Publisher URL http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1477-7053.2011.01344.x/pdf
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information The definitive version is available at wileyonlinelibrary.com

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