Paper $21.00 ISBN: 9780745337555 Will Publish June 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9780745337562 Will Publish June 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

Why Turkey is Authoritarian

Right-Wing Rule from Atatürk to Erdogan

Halil Karaveli

Why Turkey is Authoritarian

Halil Karaveli

Distributed for Pluto Press

208 pages | 5 1/4 x 8 1/2 | © 2018
Paper $21.00 ISBN: 9780745337555 Will Publish June 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9780745337562 Will Publish June 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
For the past century, Turkey has been seen by many as always on the verge of becoming a truly Westernized liberal democracy—only to have democracy lose ground time and again to authoritarianism. Why has that been the pattern, and what role have culture, identity, and religion played in Turkey’s struggle with democracy?
            This book presents a clear analysis and explanation, showing how cultural prejudices about the Muslim world have informed ideological positions in a way that has ultimately disabled the left within Turkey, leaving it unable to transcend artificial cultural categories and promote broad democratic solidarity. As the populist right mounts challenges around the world, the history of “democracy” in Turkey offers instructive lessons for activists there and beyond.
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