Abstract

Turkey’s ruling party, AKP, has used foreign policy as one of its primary instruments for consolidating domestic political support and monopolizing power in the hands of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Defiance of Western hegemony and references to the imperial Ottoman past have helped to replace Kemalist narratives and to override growing social divides within the country. As a result, Erdoğan’s hold on power is strengthened, since the AKP’s political contestation has been almost exclusively limited to elections.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2471-8831
Print ISSN
1526-0054
Pages
pp. 39-46
Launched on MUSE
2016-09-29
Open Access
No
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