Turkish popular presidential elections: Deepening legitimpacy issues and looming regime change
AuthorKalaycıoğlu, Mahmut Ersin
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CitationKalaycıoğlu, M. E. (2015). Turkish popular presidential elections: Deepening legitimacy issues and looming regime change. South European Society and Politics, 20(2), 157-179. doi:10.1080/13608746.2015.1046264
This paper examines the politics of presidential elections in Turkey with particular reference to the 10 August 2014 presidential elections. It starts by scrutinising the change in the presidential election system from parliamentary to direct popular vote. It then probes the implementation of the new election rules, candidate selection, and the conduct of the campaign, followed by analysis of the election results and their influence on the Turkish record of democratisation. The paper concludes that the move to a partisan president elected by popular vote entails democratic dangers if the new incumbent does not abide by his or her constitutional role and attempts to intervene in government policy.