Abstract

Abstract:

Drawing from the 2019 mayoral elections in Turkey, this paper highlights a path that opposition parties might take to defuse polarized environments and avoid playing into the political traps set by populists in power. The particular type of moral and amplified polarization that accompanies populism's essential "thin" ideology builds a barrier between a populist's supporters and the opposition. Yet the CHP opposition in Turkey has recently won notable victories with its new campaign approach of "radical love," which counteracts populism's polarizing logic and has exposed Erdoğan's weakness.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-3214
Print ISSN
1045-5736
Pages
pp. 24-40
Launched on MUSE
2020-04-09
Open Access
No
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