‘My beloved leader’: Tracing the leader-centred perspective in the Turkish Grand National Assembly, 1961–2002

Bahadır Türk H. B. , Emrah Beriş H., Önder T.

Parliaments, Estates and Representation, vol.41, no.1, pp.62-74, 2021 (Scopus) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 41 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/02606755.2020.1842000
  • Journal Name: Parliaments, Estates and Representation
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus, IBZ Online, Periodicals Index Online, American History and Life, Historical Abstracts, DIALNET
  • Page Numbers: pp.62-74
  • Keywords: charisma, Political leaders, political parties, primary election, The Turkish Grand National Assembly, Turkish politics
  • Ankara Haci Bayram Veli University Affiliated: Yes


© 2020 International Commission for the History of Representative and Parliamentary Institutions/Commission Internationale pour l’Histoire des Assemblées d’ États.Political leaders are the key actors in Turkish politics. Historically, they have been considered much more crucial than political institutions. They are the objects of love, hate, hope and fear in Turkish political life. Drawing upon semi-structured interviews with 37 former Members of Parliament (MPs), this study attempts to make sense of the leader-centred perspective in the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA). To achieve this goal, the study demonstrates the reflections of this perspective in the narratives of the former MPs during the period between 1961 and 2002.