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The New Turkey and its Discontents by Simon Waldman and Emre Caliskan

The New Turkey and its Discontents

A wonderful portrayal of the Turkey that has emerged under Erdogan and his party. It is an elaborate account of the weakening prospects for democracy and can be read as an illuminating prelude to the possibility of total regime change, which may yet be upon us Nuray Mert, columnist for Hurriyet Daily News and lecturer in Economics at Istanbul University

‘An important guide to the challenges facing Turkish democracy today. In a very accessible manner it highlights the major issues, relationships, and events key to understanding this complex state. Not just an engaging read but perfectly timed too.’ — Lenore Martin, Associate of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University

 

Today’s Turkey little resembles that of recent decades. Newfound economic prosperity has had many unexpected social and political repercussions, most notably the rise of the ruling AKP party and President Erdogan. Despite unprecedented electoral popularity, the conduct of the AKP has faced growing criticism: Turkey has yet to solve its Kurdish question; its foreign policy is increasingly fraught as it balances relations with Iran, Israel, Russia, and the EU; and widespread protests gripped the country in 2013, as did an unsuccessful coup in 2016.

 

The government is now perceived by many to be corrupt, unaccountable, guilty of press intimidation and intolerant of political alternatives. Has this once promising democracy descended into a tyranny of the majority led by a charismatic leader? Is Turkey more polarised now than at any point in its recent history?

 

These are among the questions at the heart of The New Turkey and Its Discontents, which traces Turkey’s evolution under Erdogan’s leadership, and assesses the likely consequences at home and abroad.

 

Simon A. Waldman and Emre Caliskan

Paperback / November 2016 / 344pp / £14.99

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‘A wonderful portrayal of the Turkey that has emerged under Erdogan and his party. It is an elaborate account of the weakening prospects for democracy and can be read as an illuminating prelude to the possibility of total regime change, which may yet be upon us.’ — Nuray Mert, columnist for Hurriyet Daily News and lecturer in Economics at Istanbul University