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The AKP’s working class support base explains why the Turkish government has managed to retain its popularity during the country’s protests

Tillman, Erik R. (2014) The AKP’s working class support base explains why the Turkish government has managed to retain its popularity during the country’s protests. LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (29 May 2014). Website.

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Abstract

A number of anti-government protests have taken place in Turkey over the past year. Erik R. Tillman assesses the dynamics underpinning support for the ruling AKP government and its main opposition, the Republican People’s Party (CHP), during the unrest. He notes that although AKP has parallels with mainstream centre-right parties in Europe, its support base is built on working-class voters. He argues that as the protests largely articulated concerns associated with middle class voters, this ‘ideological reversal’ has so far helped to protect the AKP electorally. Nevertheless, the dynamics of the most recent protests over the mining disaster in Soma could pose a threat to the governing party as they are closely associated with its core working class support base.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/
Additional Information: © 2014 The Author(s); Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Sets: Collections > LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2017 13:36
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2020 23:11
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/71942

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