The Pushback Against Populism: Running on “Radical Love” in Turkey

Author
F. Michael Wuthrich, David Ingleby
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
Journal of Democracy
Volume
31
Issue Number
2
Publication Date
Institution
National Endowment for Democracy
Abstract
Drawing from the 2019 mayoral elections in Turkey, this paper highlights a path that opposition parties might take to defuse polarized environments and avoid playing into the political traps set by populists in power. The particular type of moral and amplified polarization that accompanies populism’s essential “thin” ideology builds a barrier between a populist’s supporters and the opposition. Yet the CHP opposition in Turkey has recently won notable victories with its new campaign approach of “radical love,” which counteracts populism’s polarizing logic and has exposed Erdoğan’s weakness.
Topic
Elections, Democracy, Populism, Authority
Political Geography
Europe, Turkey, Asia