The decline of Erdoğanist authoritarianism: a new chance for “democratization” in Turkey?
The Istanbul municipal elections might be the beginning of the post-Erdoğan period. But is it the end of authoritarianism?
16 August 2019
Turkey continues to be a most intriguing case for political analysts of the global wave of authoritarianism. Ekrem İmamoğlu’s resounding ballot-box victory against a humiliated Binali Yıldırım in the re-run of the Istanbul municipal mayoral election on June 23 added new impetus to the already bourgeoning curiosity about Turkey’s political future. As the number of post-election analyses has mushroomed, pundits have almost unanimously celebrated this landslide victory as a revitalizing moment for the opposition and a nearly fatal blow to Erdoğan’s grip on power.
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