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Turkish voters and losers consent

Rose, Richard (2008) Turkish voters and losers consent. Turkish Studies, 9 (2). pp. 363-378.

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Abstract

This paper tests four hypotheses of “losers’ consent”—that is, the extent to which evaluations of democratic governance are shared by citizens who voted for the Justice and Development Party (AKP), the winner at the 2007 Turkish elections, and those who voted for the opposition parties, the Republican People’s Party (CHP) and the Nationalist Action Party (MHP). It uses survey data about governance evaluations from the 2007 Turkish Election Study. The evidence rejects the idea that losers withhold consent, creating polarized pluralism. It gives some support to a winner’s effect. It finds a substantial degree of similarity in views of governance across party lines. Differences between voters for the two losing parties are sometimes greater than differences with the AKP. Regardless of dissatisfaction with some features of governance, there is an overwhelming consensus rejecting a change of regime to military or Shari’a rule.

Item type: Article
ID code: 39921
Keywords: democratic governance , voting, Turkey, Political theory, History, Political Science and International Relations
Subjects: Political Science > Political theory
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Government and Public Policy > Politics
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    Depositing user: Pure Administrator
    Date Deposited: 31 May 2012 20:35
    Last modified: 05 Sep 2014 16:14
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/39921

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