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Understanding Turkey’s democratic breakdown: old vs. new and indigenous vs. global authoritarianism
Abstract Turkey’s ‘authoritarian turn’ in recent years indicates a democratic breakdown that can best be analysed by analytically distinguishing between two simultaneous developments. The first isExpand
Polarization and the Global Crisis of Democracy: Common Patterns, Dynamics, and Pernicious Consequences for Democratic Polities
This article argues that a common pattern and set of dynamics characterizes severe political and societal polarization in different contexts around the world, with pernicious consequences forExpand
Resurgence and Remaking of Identity
This article analyzes the case of Turkey and theorizes about the causal mechanisms that can explain discursive transformations through which dominant perceptions of ethnic identities are suppressed,Expand
Conquering versus democratizing the state: political Islamists and fourth wave democratization in Turkey and Tunisia
ABSTRACT What do we learn from Turkey and Tunisia regarding the relationship between political Islamism and democratization? Variables identified by current research such as autonomy, “moderation”,Expand
Moderate Islam and secularist opposition in Turkey: implications for the world, Muslims and secular democracy
Abstract Developing an argument based in theories of democratic consolidation and religious competition, and discussing the reasons for the secularist opposition to the government, this articleExpand
Déjà vu? Polarization and Endangered Democracies in the 21st Century
As political and societal polarization deepens, democracies are under stress around the world. This article examines the complex relationship and causal direction between democracy and polarizationExpand
Turkey: The Slippery Slope from Reformist to Revolutionary Polarization and Democratic Breakdown
  • Murat Somer
  • Sociology
  • The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political…
  • 1 January 2019
Under the Justice and Development Party AKP and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey has become one of the most polarized countries in the world, and has undergone a significant democratic breakdown. ThisExpand
Failures of the Discourse of Ethnicity: Turkey, Kurds, and the Emerging Iraq
This article analyzes the discursive-ideational barriers restricting regional cooperation by examining Turkey’s relations with Iraqi Kurds from a critical, theoretical perspective in the context ofExpand
Turkey's Kurdish Conflict: Changing Context, and Domestic and Regional Implications
This article develops new analytical categories that are necessary to analyze Turkey's Kurdish conflict in its changed domestic and international environments and to evaluate the policy options. IfExpand
Transformations through Polarizations and Global Threats to Democracy
This volume collects and analyzes eleven country case studies of polarized polities that are, or had been, electoral democracies, identifying the common and differing causal mechanisms that lead toExpand