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Spotlight on the Turkish Elections of 2018-19

A Special Collection from South European Society and Politics

Since first coming to power in 2002, the AKP has dominated Turkish politics, winning every popular vote including presidential, parliamentary and local elections and three referendums. Following an unsuccessful coup and a regime change referendum, the dual elections of 2018 marked the official move to an executive presidency without substantive checks and balances. They also produced a parliamentary majority allowing President Erdoğan to rule unhindered. Yet this significant AKP victory was only achieved through a coalition with the nationalist MHP. Then in the local elections just nine months later, the opposition won all three major cities. AKP’s demand for a rerun in Istanbul brought a spectacular defeat and loss of the country’s capital after 25 years.

This ‘spotlight’ from South European Society and Politics on the presidential, parliamentary and local elections of 2018-19 provides essential background to understand recent electoral shifts and their implications for the future of Turkey’s competitive authoritarianism.

The below articles are free-access until 31 March 2020.

About the Journal

A leading point of reference for scholars of Southern Europe, South European Society and Politics (SESP) promotes both comparative and inter-disciplinary analyses, as well as offering innovative single country and sub-national studies. The journal covers both “old” and “new” Southern Europe, focusing on Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Spain and Turkey. It is open to scholars working in any of the major social science disciplines – notably, political science, political economy, sociology, social policy, social anthropology and socio-legal studies – as well as to those working in the field of contemporary history.
The focus of South European Society and Politics is on the domestic politics and society of the South European states; it does not cover foreign and security policy. The journal publishes research articles and the South European Atlas section with election reports and articles on other subjects of topical interest. Published four times a year, South European Society and Politics also invites distinguished guest editors to oversee special issues.
Edited by Susannah Verney and Anna Bosco

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