Bakiner Examines Turkey's Presidential Election

Written by Laura Paskin
December 16, 2014

Political Science Professor Onur Bakiner examines the 2014 presidential elections in Turkey in his latest article, “The 2014 Presidential Elections in Turkey: Old Wine in a New Bottle?,” co-authored with Bahar Baser, Coventry University (Ethnopolitics Papers, 2014). This was the first time in Turkey’s history that the president was elected by popular vote which included the vote of Turkish citizens living outside of the country. The 2014 election followed a period of mass protests, corruption allegations, and politically motivated purges of the judiciary.

“Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s aspiration for transforming Turkey into a presidential system is expected to have significant ramifications for Turkey and the Middle East,” Bakiner and Baser say.

They expect political polarization to continue amid growing concern over possible changes to the constitution that would create a more authoritarian presidency.

“Every political movement in the country is likely to go through a period of self-reflection on its leadership, strategies and overall goals,” Bakiner added.

Bakiner received his PhD in Political Science from Yale University. His research interests include Middle Eastern politics transitional justice, judicial politics, state failure and state building, Latin American politics, comparative regional integration, and politics of human rights.

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