TURKEY'S 2011 ELECTIONS: AN EMERGING DOMINANT PARTY SYSTEM?

Author
Sinan Ciddi, Berk Essen
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
Middle East Review of International Affairs
Volume
15
Issue Number
3
Publication Date
December 2013
Institution
Global Research in International Affairs Center, Interdisciplinary Center
Abstract
This article analyzes Turkey's June 12, 2011, general elections, focusing on the three parties and the predominantly pro-Kurdish independents. Although the incumbent Justice and Development Party won by a sizeable majority, it gained fewer seats in comparison to its 2002 and 2007 electoral performances. The Republican People's Party maintained its position as the main opposition party, with noticeable increases in its voting shares both regionally and locally. The pro-nationalist Nationalist Action Party was the only party to lose seats in parliament. Last, the Kurdish independents increased both their parliamentary representation and their share of electoral spoils. Though the government maintained an overall parliamentary majority, its desire to enact constitutional changes and/or implement a presidential system will be constrained and dependent on support from the remaining parties in parliament.
Political Geography
Turkey