The Justice and Development Party’s Conception of “Conservative Democracy”: Invention or Reinterpretation?

  title={The Justice and Development Party’s Conception of “Conservative Democracy”: Invention or Reinterpretation?},
  author={Zeyneb Çağlıyan‐İçener},
  journal={Turkish Studies},
  pages={595 - 612}
Abstract This article investigates the notion of “conservative democracy” in the discourse of the Justice and Development Party (Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi, AKP) in relation to the concepts of change and continuity. It argues that “conservative democracy,” which is presented as a “genuine contribution” of the AKP to Turkish politics, is actually a continuation of a tradition within Turkish conservative literature rather than a product of the moment. Hence, contrary to the party’s claim… 

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