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Lecture and discussion with Cihan Tuğal, Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, 12 July 2023

Why Did Erdoğan Win the Turkish Elections?


Cihan Tuğal,

For over 20 years, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his AKP have dominated Turkish politics. Despite severe economic crisis and inflation, mismanagement during the devastating earthquake and corruption, the president was re-elected. Although the election was marked by repression against Kurds and oppositionists members, massive media manipulation and election gifts, the question is why Erdoğan was elected and what his agenda for the coming years will be.

Cihan Tuğal analyses the election success as the result of state-led economic strategy and social programmes, great power ambitions, and the AKP's deep roots in the conservative segments population.