Süzen Akkaya, Esra
This study addresses how the Justice and Development Party voters perceive and make sense of their support towards the party. Despite its changing political stance, opinion polls show that an important mass of voters is still willing to vote for the party. Thus, the thesis problematizes why some voters continue to vote for the party. During the time that the party was in power, some voters had changes in their attitudes towards the party and acted differently. Therefore, the study aims to understand how the votes change over time, and the extent to which the voters have a sense of belonging. In this study, semi-structured in-depth interviews were conducted with twenty-seven participants who voted for the party at least once in Istanbul. The research has revealed that since the establishment of the party, the voters have different motivations that affect their voting act. These are voting for the leader, national pride, ideological engagement and identity, voting out of conservative fears, anti-opposite standpoint and strategic voting. The study found that the affections expressed by the participants while explaining the reasons formed a pattern. It was explained by resorting to the affective sociology, with reference to the key concepts in the philosophy of Spinoza particularly.


Understanding populist party electorate in Europe: A study of left-wing populist and right-wing populist parties after the crisis
Gitmez, Ali Onur; Avcı, Özgür; Department of Political Science and Public Administration (2020-10)
This thesis aims to explain the behaviour behind voting for radical populist parties. Previous studies have found often conflicting results regarding the characteristics of populist party voters, some suggesting modern populist party voter do not fit the traditional norms of populist party voters. This study argues after the economic crisis, populist parties have returned to their traditional electorate. By focusing on populist parties based on their classification in PopuList dataset and using data from Ro...
Auditable and verifiable electronic voting with homomorphic RSA tallying
Yücel, Okan; Baykal, Nazife; Department of Information Systems (2010)
In this work, we investigate the general structure and the concepts behind the contemporary electronic voting schemes, with special emphasis on voter verifiable preferential voting, homomorphic tallying and voter privacy. We firstly propose a modification in the Single Transferable Voting (STV) method to be applied to large scale elections with electoral barriers. Our proposal prevents the loss of votes and distributes them securely to the second or higher choices of their voters. This method is most suitab...
The Fusion of individual and group levels: the case of political party supporters within extreme pro-group action process
Özdemir, Fatih; Özkan, Türker; Department of Psychology (2018)
The current research aimed to rationalize the relations of opposition political parties' supporters with local in-group (supporters of the supported political party), extended in-group (T.C citizens) and three local out-groups (supporters of ruling party and other two opposition parties) in both individual and group levels using identity and deprivation theories, and answer the question of why people indicate extreme self-sacrificing behaviors for the sake of in-group members. To be more precise, this study...
Voter Verifiable and Single Transferable Electronic Voting for Elections with Electoral Barriers
Yucel, Okan; Baykal, Nazife (2009-06-30)
"Voter verifiability" is a notion offered by some electronic voting schemes, which develops into an important issue of democracy in the electronic world. The idea is to endow each voter with the facility of verifying that his vote is counted correctly. The check mechanism for the correct count of the vote can be provided by means of a voting receipt. On the other hand, whenever one has a receipt that serves to check the correct casting and tallying of the vote, it can also be used as the proof for the conte...
ÖZBİLGİÇ, BATUR; Şenyuva, Özgehan; Department of European Studies (2022-8-31)
The impact of far-right party presence in national legislatures on the MPs have attracted the interest of scholars for decades. However, the far-right impact on the roll-call voting behavior of members of parliament had stayed as an area that was largely unexplored. In this study I apply correlational methods to discover the far- right impact on the patterns of cooperative voting behavior among the members of the German Bundestag. Through the novel association of the social-psychological phenomenon the “com...
Citation Formats
E. Süzen Akkaya, “UNDERSTANDING THE VOTING MOTIVATIONS OF THE JUSTICE AND DEVELOPMENT PARTY VOTERS,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2022.