The Justice and Development Party and the Legitimation Crisis

Yalım, Gözde
The main research problem in the thesis is to scrutinise the main reasons for the JDP’s rise to power, establishment and maintenance of its hegemony and in recent years gradual weakening of its legitimacy in the light of Jürgen Habermas’ theory of legitimation crises. The analysis of the JDP rule will inevitably necessitate an investigation of the ways in which the Turkish economy has been integrated into the global economy. By using Jürgen Habermas’ concept of ‘requisite quantity’ and ‘moral identity’ the thesis will try to analyse JDP’s economic, welfare and judicial policies and argue that despite its initial popularity and rhetorical promises the JDP has recently lost most of its popularity in the eyes of people and is now facing a serious legitimation crisis. By analysing the discrepancies between what the JDP had promised in its initial years in terms of a long-lasting consensus and what it has delivered so far the thesis will situate JDP’s crony capitalism and its attempts to use Islamism and Ottomanism to establish a new ‘moral identity’ within Habermasian and Weberian theoretical perspectives.


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Citation Formats
G. Yalım, “The Justice and Development Party and the Legitimation Crisis,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2020.