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Turkey’s Difficult Journey to Democracy: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

Ilter Turan


The book examines Turkey’s early transition to democracy when its history and level of development did not suggest it to be likely. Noting modernization theories assumed socioeconomic development preceded democratization, it asks two questions: whether an underdeveloped society that adopts democratic rule can sustain it while achieving socioeconomic development, and whether democracy deepens and matures with such development. Tracing Turkey’s democratization, it argues that satisfactory socioeconomic development has been achieved, but democracy’s deepening and maturing has proven difficult. Tu ... More

Keywords: Turkey, democratic transitions, cultural bifurcation, democracy’s maturing, socioeconomic development, securitization of politics, majoritarianism, civil society

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199663989
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199663989.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ilter Turan, author
Emeritus Professor, Istanbul Bilgi University