From State of Exception to Anti-Coup Dictatorship in Erdoğan’s Turkey
May 17, 2017 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, World Politics, Governance & Regulation, Middle
By Volga Can Ozben and Richard Westra
Volga Can Ozben and Richard Westra maintain Turkey under Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as a poster case for the modern state of exception. This is a condition where constitutional and legal provisions in democracies, designed to temporarily empower rulers with absolute authority to defend the state in the face of perceived threats against it, are paradoxically deployed in perpetuity to abrogate both constitutionality and the rule of law in a drive to impose dictatorship beyond law itself.
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