Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11851/840
Title: Justice and development party's understanding of democracy and democratisation: Cultural relativism and the construction of the west as the 'other'
Authors: Demirtaş, Birgül
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Keywords: Democracy
Democratisation
De-democratisation
Gezi Park
Arab Uprisings
Turkey
Justice and Development Party
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2018
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers
Source: Demirtaş, B. (2018). Justice and Development Party’s Understanding of Democracy and Democratisation: Cultural Relativism and the Construction of the West as the ‘Other’. Iran and the Caucasus, 22(3), 308-323.
Abstract: The perception of Turkey as a model of attractive country in the region has started to change in the recent years. In the first decade of the JDP rule Turkey was seen as an emerging power with its strong economy, improving democracy and inspiring foreign policy. However, the developments since the Arab Uprisings in the neighbourhood, Gezi movement at home, end of the Kurdish peace process, as well as coup attempt and subsequent de-democratisation harmed the soft power of Turkey. This study argues that the JDP's understanding of democracy and democratisation has been full of flaws from the very beginning of its rule. The Turkish example shows that countries can experience subsequent processes of de-democratisation and de-democratisation if governing parties did not endogenise the basic norms of democracy. Therefore, it is argued that the reverse wave of de-democratisation characterises Turkey more than the "selective" processes of democratisation. It is also argued that JDP elite via its discourse has been constructing the West as the 'Other'.
URI: https://doi.org/10.1163/1573384X-20180308
https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11851/840
ISSN: 1609-8498
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Siyaset Bilimi ve Uluslararası İlişkiler Bölümü / Department of Political Science and International Relations
WoS İndeksli Yayınlar Koleksiyonu / WoS Indexed Publications Collection

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