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dc.date.accessioned2014-10-21T18:43:00Zen
dc.date.available2014-10-21T18:43:00Zen
dc.date.created1998en
dc.date.issueden
dc.identifier.issn1353-0194en
dc.identifier.urien
dc.description.abstractWithin the span of only a few years, Turkish politics witnessed the dramatic rise and fall of the Refah Party. This transformation from relative obscurity to the head of a ruling coalition and eventual banning was caused by a combination of features inherent in the Turkish political system and the party itself. Turkish democracy features the continued interference of the military in domestic political affairs on the one hand and a preponderance of largely centrist and bland "mainstream" parties on the other. Nevertheless, the existence of ostensibly democratic institutions such as elections or a parliament enable potential political aspirants who are outside the mainstream to make bids for power through officially sanctioned channels. The Refah's rise was a product of the perceived uniqueness of its ideological platform and its unparalleled focus on grass roots voter mobilization. Its fall, however, came when the military considered it to have overstepped the bounds of acceptable political behaviour within the country's narrowly defined democracy.en
dc.description.uriDOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/13530199808705669en
dc.languageEnglishen
dc.publisherRoutledgeen
dc.relation.isPartOfBritish Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, 25(2).en
dc.rightsThis item is currently unavailable in DigitalGeorgetown due to copyright restrictions by the publisher.en
dc.subjectPolitical partiesen
dc.subjectDemocracyen
dc.subjectVotingen
dc.subject.lcshRefah Partisi (Turkey)en
dc.subject.lcshTurkey--Politics and government--1980-en
dc.titlePseudo-Democratic Politics and Populist Possibilities: The Rise and Demise of the Refah Party in Turkeyen
dc.typeArticleen


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