Turkey's new political regime in comparative perspective

Koray Çalışkan argues that Turkey’s contemporary political regime is competitive authoritarianism. Tracing the evolution of Turkey’s political system from tutelary democracy to its current state, he describes the developments that resulted in the dissolution of the army’s prerogatives in politics and the rise of a new form of authoritarianism in the country. Associating this substantive change with the worldwide persistence of competitive authoritarianism, he argues that the Justice and Development Party (AKP) have institutionalized the new authoritarian regime of Turkey at an unprecedented pace.