How incumbents create uneven patterns of competition during autocratization: the AKP case of Turkey


In her recent article, our researcher Pelin Ayan Musil explains the survival of the AKP in Turkey’s late stage of autocratization through its strategy of shifting the primary drivers of competition from individual parties to pre-electoral alliances.

Following the first three parliamentary elections that ended with the AKP’s victory in 2002, 2007 and 2011, the scholarship started highlighting an emerging dominant party system in Turkey. It was the first time since the 1950–1960 Democratic Party (DP) era in Turkey that a party could win electoral majorities and establish single-party governments one after another. But unlike the DP era, the dominant party system under the AKP rule emerged after a decade of fragmented multi-party politics. The article aims to explain what led to this change in Turkish party system and re-interpret the changing nature of competition in the AKP era of governance from the perspective of autocratization. 

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