2023 elections in Turkey within global context: right wing populism in the era of global shift

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Aybak, T. and Gokay, B. 2023. 2023 elections in Turkey within global context: right wing populism in the era of global shift. Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies. https://doi.org/10.1080/19448953.2023.2258003
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Title2023 elections in Turkey within global context: right wing populism in the era of global shift
AuthorsAybak, T. and Gokay, B.
Abstract

Many observers predicted that the catastrophic earthquake of February 2023 and huge and unprecedent problems of high inflation and cost of living crisis would end Erdogan era and his credibility in Turkey. However, despite all ongoing deep problems, Erdogan and his AKP government, after more than 20 years in power, still managed to win the 2023 elections in the second round. It seems none of the serious economic and political problems were enough to get the majority of votes away from the governing party, AKP. Even in the cities where the earthquake costed high level of damage, AKP and Erdogan got significantly high votes, despite rampant corruption and economic mismanagement. The AKP government has not been punished either economically or politically. On the contrary, one of the most striking consequences of this election is that Turkey now has the most right-wing parliament in its recent modern history if we include the right-wing opposition parties in the composition.

KeywordsPopulism; Global Shift; Turkey; Elections; Erdogan; AKP; Earthquake
Sustainable Development Goals16 Peace, justice and strong institutions
Middlesex University ThemeSustainability
Research GroupLaw and Politics
PublisherTaylor & Francis (Routledge)
JournalJournal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies
ISSN1944-8953
Electronic1944-8961
Publication dates
Online14 Sep 2023
Publication process dates
AcceptedJun 2023
Deposited18 Apr 2024
Output statusPublished
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© 2023 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/ licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. The terms on which this article has been published allow the posting of the Accepted Manuscript in a repository by the author(s) or with their consent.

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/19448953.2023.2258003
LanguageEnglish
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