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Changing strategy by Turkey’s AKP: the learning curve theory

Mohamad Shukri, Syaza Farhana (2019) Changing strategy by Turkey’s AKP: the learning curve theory. Millennial Asia, Online first. pp. 1-9. ISSN 0976-3996 E-ISSN 2321-7081 (In Press)

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Since 2014, Turkey has been moving towards a heightened sense of nationalism and populism especially after Recep Tayyip Erdogan became the first popularly elected President of Turkey in 2017. His nationalist rhetoric went up compared to when he became Prime Minister over a decade ago when the country was touted as a model of liberalism among Muslim countries. Rather than putting a damper on the party, government, or Erdogan himself, his conservative rhetoric has helped consolidate the government’s power, showcasing the shift in strategy by the Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi (AKP) during uncertain times. This article borrows from behavioural psychology the concept of the learning curve theory or the S-curve theory to examine this shift in AKP strategy. 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: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 8365/72717
Uncontrolled Keywords: Turkey, AKP, S-curve, populism, rhetoric
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences
Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of Fiqh and Usul al-Fiqh
Depositing User: Dr. Syaza Farhana Mohamad Shukri
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2019 10:45
Last Modified: 05 Aug 2019 16:38
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/72717

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