The 2014 Presidential Elections in Turkey: Old Wine in a New Bottle?

O. Bakiner, Bahar Baser

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    Abstract

    The paper provides an overview of the 2014 presidential elections in Turkey, a seminal moment in Turkish political history. President-elect Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s aspiration for transforming Turkey into a residential system is expected to have significant ramifications for Turkey and the Middle East. The paper examines the unique aspects of the presidential elections, focusing on the nomination process and election campaigns. It also sheds light on the external voting campaign and its results, as the diaspora vote constituted one of the novelties of these elections. Future implications of the election results are analysed by focusing on the current political situation in Turkey. The paper concludes that the presidential election process did not overcome the hardening divisions among the key groupings in Turkey, political polarization is therefore likely to continue and the election process has actually added to the climate of uncertainty regarding the design and functioning of political institutions.
    Original languageEnglish
    PagesPaper no. 31
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

    Publication series

    NameEthnopolitics Papers
    PublisherPolitical Studies Association Specialist Group on Ethnopolitics
    ISSN (Electronic)2048-075X

    Keywords

    • Turkey
    • presidential elections
    • politics

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