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The Turkish economy: in search of a new paradigm 5 juin 2015

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Commentary (ISPI) June 4, 2015
Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale (ISPI)

By Mustafa Kutlay *

The economy has become one of the hotly debated topics in Turkey prior to the general elections on June 7. There is now a quasi-consensus that the upcoming election is one of the crucial turning points in the history of contemporary Turkish politics. The Justice and Development Party (AKP in the Turkish acronym), which has been ruling the country with single-party majority governments for about 13 years, aims to gain enough seats again to replace the current parliamentary system with a presidential one. The opposition parties, on the other hand, struggle to increase their popularity in the eyes of the electorate. In this setting, the economy constitutes the single most important variable determining the fortunes of the political parties.

* Mustafa Kutlay, Assistant Professor of International Political Economy, TOBB University of Economics and Technology, Department of International Relations, Ankara.

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