The analysis of the AKP through the performative politics framework: the case of 2018 elections

Çiftcioğlu, Erdoğan
The aim of this research is to employ a different perspective on the AKP actors through the lens of performative politics. This interdisciplinary research also focuses on exploring the dramaturgical aspects of performative politics. Thus, the research focuses on analysing the dramaturgical impact of the actors by reconstructing the tools available for conducting research with a specific interest in theatrical studies. This means that although the question started with understanding the power of the AKP better by looking at performances, this led to a further quest on how we should conceptualise and analyse performative politics with a framework in the contemporary world. The performances that I will focus on are various performances in the 2018 elections, particularly focusing on Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The AKP is an excellent case study for comprehending the significance of performative politics as the party has been in power for the last two decades when these means became advanced, and they are keen to use them aggressively to affect the audience. In this research, such power, which became dramatically enhanced during the last decade or so, allowing radical changes in the discourses and leading to constant reconstruction of the repertoire, will be examined to understand how it functions.


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Citation Formats
E. Çiftcioğlu, “The analysis of the AKP through the performative politics framework: the case of 2018 elections,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2022.