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Political Parties and Democracy in Turkey

Political Parties and Democracy in Turkey

Edited by: Metin Heper, Jacob M. Landau

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Since the establishment in 1945 of a constitutional democracy, political parties have figured prominently in Turkish politics. Yet key features of the political culture of the Turkish Republic have also created dilemmas for multi-party democracy. Twice, in 1960 and 1980 the military has intervened in politics; on the second occasion to undertake wholesale constitutional restructuring. In these ambiguous circumstances, what role have the political parties themselves played in the promotion and functioning of democracy in Turkey, and what are their attitudes to the issues involved? This collection of essays - discusses political parties since the foundation of the Turkish republic in 1923 until the present day. It contains contributions from 13 political scientists and historians of modern Turkey.

Table of Contents

  • Preface. Abbreviations. Contributors. 1. Introduction, Metin Heper. 2. Political Parties in Turkey: An Overview, Dankwart A. Rustow. 3. Ataturk and Political Parties, C.H.Dodd. 4. The Republican People's Party, 1923-1945, Kemal H. Karpat. 5. The Progressive Republican Party, 1924-1925, Feroz Ahmad. 6. The Free Party, 1930, Walter F. Weiker. 7. The Republican People's Party, 1945-1980, Frank Tachau. 8. The Democratic Party, 1946-1960, Ali Yasar Saribay. 9. The Justice Party, 1961-1980, Avner Levi. 10. The Motherland Party, 1983-1989, Ustun Erguder. 11. The Social Democratic Populist Party, 1983-1989, Andrew Marigo. 12. The True Path Party, 1983-1989, Feride Acar. 13. Conclusion, Jacob M. Landau. Select Bibliography. Index.

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd

ISBN: 9781850433002
Publication Date: 31 Dec 1991
Number of Pages: 288
Height: 216
Width: 135

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