Exit from democracy: Illiberal governance in Turkey
The current European crises appear to have facilitated the (re-)emergence of illiberalism as a viable alternative for political elites, both within the European Union and on its periphery. Arguably, this effect has been greater in transition countries that found their path towards liberal democracy disrupted, as well as in countries that already face internal challenges in terms of their legal, political, social, or economic environments. The seminar series will look at the conditions that allow illiberal ideas to infiltrate and illiberal practices to develop; how such ideas are expressed and instrumentalised in different fields of social interaction; their impact on politics and economics; and, finally, what, if any, counter-reactions they have produced. Are these temporary setbacks caused by the crises, or a frustration with the European Union and certain of its policies? Or are we witnessing a profound and longer-lasting challenge to the primacy of the liberal democratic model?
This seminar gives a synoptic overview of what will be described as Turkey’s ‘exit from democracy’, a shift to authoritarianism and an Islamist ‘revolution from above’ that comes on the back of a much longer ‘passive revolution’.
25 January 2017, 16:30 (Wednesday, 2nd week, Hilary 2017)
St Antony's College - North Site
Seminar Room, European Studies Centre, 70 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HR
Kerem Oktem (University of Graz),
Karabekir Akkoyunlu (University of Graz, Austria)
European Studies Centre
Julie Adams (St Antony's College, University of Oxford)
Organiser contact email address:
Adis Merdzanovic (St Antony’s College, Oxford),
Othon Anastasakis (St Antony's College, University of Oxford)
South East European Studies at Oxford (SEESOX)