Why Turkey is Authoritarian: From Atatürk to Erdoan

November 28, 2020
Why Turkey is Authoritarian: From Atatürk to Erdoan

For the last century, the Western world has regarded Turkey as apivotal case of the 'clash of civilisations' between Islam and theWest. Why Turkey is Authoritarian offers a radical challenge tothis conventional narrative. Halil Karaveli highlights the dangerin viewing events in Turkey as a war between a 'westernising' stateand the popular masses defending their culture and religion,arguing instead for a class analysis that is largely ignored in theTurkish context.This book goes beyond cultural categories that overshadow morecomplex realities when thinking about the 'Muslim world', whilehighlighting the ways in which these cultural prejudices haveinformed ideological positions. Karaveli argues that Turkey'sculture and identity have disabled the Left, which has largely beenunable to transcend these divisions.This book asks the crucial question: why does democracy continue toelude Turkey? Ultimately, Karaveli argues that Turkish history isinstructive for a left that faces the global challenge of a risingpopulist right, which succeeds in mobilising culture and identityto its own purposes.Published in partnership with the Left Book Club.