How populists securitize elections to win them: the 2015 double elections in Turkey

Sahin, Osman (2021) How populists securitize elections to win them: the 2015 double elections in Turkey. New Perspectives on Turkey. pp. 1-24. ISSN 1305-3299

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DOI: 10.1017/npt.2020.34
Original publication URL: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/new-perspe...

Abstract

This study presents a new theoretical framework for understanding one of the ways in which populists generate support in elections. It argues that populist movements securitize elections by triggering perceptions of ontological insecurity among voters. Through this strategy, populist movements amplify voters’ negative image of the country they live in and the challenges they face, which contributes to populist movements’ electoral success. Building upon this theoretical framework, this study offers an explanation for the 2015 double general elections in Turkey. The Justice and Development Party (Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi, AKP) experienced disappointment after losing its parliamentary majority in the June 2015 elections. However, the AKP increased its votes by 8.6 percent in the November 2015 elections. Between these two elections, the AKP had used the Kurdish question to trigger perceptions of ontological insecurity, which enabled it to securitize the elections in November. This strategy helped the AKP win the November elections

Item Type: Article
Title in English: How populists securitize elections to win them: the 2015 double elections in Turkey
Keywords in English: populism, Turkey, ontological insecurity, securitization
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Institute for Political Science
Research funder: European Union, Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Action DEMOS grant no. 822590
Depositing User: Enikő Meiszterics
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2021 09:28
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2021 09:28
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