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Conspiracy Theories and the People Who Believe Them$
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Joseph E. Uscinski

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190844073

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190844073.001.0001

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The Conspiratorial Style in Turkish Politics

The Conspiratorial Style in Turkish Politics

Discussing the Deep State in the Parliament

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(p.385) 26 The Conspiratorial Style in Turkish Politics
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Conspiracy Theories and the People Who Believe Them
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Türkay Salim Nefes

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190844073.003.0026

The “deep state” conspiracy theory is evergreen in Turkish politics. Why is it so popular, and why do political elites continually turn to different forms of this conspiracy theory? This chapter focuses on an amorphous but significant conspiracy theory, the deep state, which argues that a clandestine elite group is determined to defend the Turkish state ideology and the political stability by legal, and often illegal, means. While all political parties in the Turkish parliament talk about the existence of the deep state, they do not agree on who it is, largely because of their contradictory partisan interests. This creates incompatible definitions of the deep state, which cannot convince all parties. In short, partisan conflict ensures the continuity of the deep state conspiracy theory.

Keywords:   conspiracy theories, deep state, Turkish politics, parliamentary proceedings, political parties

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