UNDERSTANDING THE VOTING MOTIVATIONS OF THE JUSTICE AND DEVELOPMENT PARTY VOTERS

2022-6
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.

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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.