Chapter published in:Imagining the Peoples of Europe: Populist discourses across the political spectrum
Edited by Jan Zienkowski and Ruth Breeze
[Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture 83] 2019
► pp. 101–122
Islamic conservative populism in Turkey
The case of the AKP
This study focuses the Islamic/conservative populism of the Justice and the Development Party (AKP) in Turkey. Drawing on the post-structuralist discourse-theoretical perspective developed by Ernesto Laclau, it demonstrates how the populist discourse of the AKP substantially changed in this period through fluctuations in the boundaries that separated ‘the people’ from ‘the power’ as well as the components of both of these categories. While ‘the people’ signifier initially acted as an empty signifier that represented a series of unfulfilled social demands against ‘the power’ – the institutional system – that negated these demands, it gradually came to signify Islamic/conservative demands against all those opposing the AKP. This transformation involved a move from a relatively inclusive and democratic populism to an exclusive and authoritarian one.
Keywords: populism, populist discourse, post-structuralist discourse theory, AKP, authoritarian populism, democratic populism
Published online: 13 August 2019
Bakırezer, Güven, and Yücel Demirer
Bugra, Ayşe, and Osman Savaşkan
Glynos, Jason, and Aurelien Mondon
Hale, William, and Ergun Özbudun
Jorgensen, Marianne W., and Louise J. Phillips
2016a “The Populist Moment.” Open Democracy. www.opendemocracy.net.
2016b “The Populist Challenge.” Open Democracy. www.opendemocracy.net.
Öniş, Ziya, and Fikret Şenses
Öniş, Ziya, and Caner Bakır
Cited by 2 other publications
Ozen, Hayriye & Burak Dogu
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