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How Erdoğan Rules Through Crisis

Aydın-Düzgit, S., Kutlay, M. ORCID: 0000-0003-4942-1001 & Keyman, E. F. (2023). How Erdoğan Rules Through Crisis. Journal of Democracy, 34(4), pp. 80-93. doi: 10.1353/jod.2023.a907689


What does the enduring rule of Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan tell us about the resilience of authoritarian populism despite economic and governance crises? This essay argues that a key source of authoritarian resilience lies in the mutually reinforcing interaction of state capture and market capture. The AKP government not only established firm control over state institutions but also reshaped state-market relations in a way that helped the party build an extensive network that closely ties different segments of society to the state. The authors maintain that the fallout from Turkey's growing crisis of governance is not felt evenly across society and thus defies expectations that economic and governance crises necessarily result in the downfall of an authoritarian-populist regime.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright © 2023 National Endowment for Democracy and Johns Hopkins University Press
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs > International Politics
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