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Changing strategy by the AKP: the power of populism in the 21st century

Mohamad Shukri, Syaza Farhana (2017) Changing strategy by the AKP: the power of populism in the 21st century. In: Rethinking Governance in an Era of Global Insecurities, Regional Tensions and Rising Nationalism 2017, 17th-19th July 2017, Melbourne, Australia. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Since 2014, Turkey has been moving towards a heightened sense of nationalism and populism with the election of Recep Tayyip Erdogan as the 12th president of Turkey. His anti-European Union (EU) rhetoric went up compared to when he became prime minister over a decade ago when the country was looking forward to forging a close relationship with the EU. Rather than putting a damper on the party, government, or Erdogan himself, his anti-EU rhetoric has helped consolidate his power, showcasing the amazing power of populism and nationalism during uncertain times. This paper borrows from behavioural psychology the concept of the learning curve theory or the S-curve theory. It is argued that after reaching a political peak with the Gezi Park protest in the summer of 2013, Erdogan is employing a different rhetorical approach—a populist one—to gain more political traction.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Invited Papers)
Additional Information: 8365/63690
Uncontrolled Keywords: Changing strategy, AKP, populism
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes: Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences
Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of Political Science
Depositing User: Dr. Syaza Farhana Mohamad Shukri
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2018 08:28
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2018 08:28
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/63690

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