A Bridge Between People and The State: The Republican People's Party in Zonguldak (1935-1946)

2022-8-22
Tan, Çağlar
The state and ruling elites appear as the main subjects in the researches about RPP, which was at the center of Turkish political history. From this perspective, studies on the single-party period and the RPP often emphasize the party's governing functions, such as domestic and foreign policy-oriented administrative activities, republican elites and their discourses, the Turkish Revolution and its characteristics, social, political, and economic policies, and the implementation of modern laws. However, the RPP, on the one hand, tried to fulfill the function of reflecting the expectations, demands and grievances of the people from the periphery to the center, and on the other hand, it also tried to transfer the policies implemented by the political power to the periphery in order to adopt them and gain social support. From this point of view, our study tries to reveal the political, ideological, socio-cultural and organizational activities of the RPP in Zonguldak between 1935 and 1946 from the point of view of being a "social bridge" between people and the state. One of the main institutional mechanisms that the RPP Zonguldak organization resorted to mediate between the people and the state was the "wish system" and the provincial congresses. Another pillar of the RPP's "bridge mission" was the inspection system. During the single-party period, the inspection system monitored provincial organizations and mediated to determine society's expectations from the state. The final component of this mission was People's Houses, which took on not only a socio-cultural mission but also an ideological one.

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Citation Formats
Ç. Tan, “A Bridge Between People and The State: The Republican People’s Party in Zonguldak (1935-1946),” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2022.