BOOK REVIEW: Turkey’s New State in the Making: Transformations in Legality, Economy, and Coercion

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Turkey’s political history has seen recurring shifts between democratic ideals and authoritarian tendencies, notably during the two decades of the Justice and Development Party’s (Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi, AKP) rule. This transition marked a departure from a relatively democratic façade that emerged in response to the European Union (EU) accession process towards a more authoritarian regime characterized by increased government control and curtailment of civil liberties. It is a shift accentuated after the 2013 Gezi protests which culminated in a significant regime change in 2018. This transformation was marked by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s consolidation of power through constitutional amendments, leading to the transition from a parliamentary democracy to a presidential system. To comprehend this transformation, it is imperative to examine the interplay between economic dynamics and the state within the neo-liberal capitalist system, aligning with Poulantzas’ observations on global trends. It can be argued that the accumulation and state crises, exacerbated by the 2008 global economic crisis, have contributed to Turkey’s authoritarian shift in parallel with global developments.


Turkey, State, Economy


Nurhayat Kavrak, “Turkey’s New State in the Making: Transformations in Legality, Economy, and Coercion (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2020”, Uluslararasi Iliskiler, Advanced Online Publication, 18 March 2024, pp. 1-4.


Nurhayat KAVRAK PhD Candidate, Department of International Relations, İstanbul Bilgi University, İstanbul E-Mail: [email protected] Orcid: 0000-0001-9987-3327

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