'Populism as a medium of mass mobilization': The case of Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Turk H. B.

INTERNATIONAL AREA STUDIES REVIEW, vol.21, no.2, pp.150-168, 2018 (ESCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 21 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/2233865918761111
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.150-168
  • Keywords: Populism, Recep Tayyip Erdoan, Adalet ve Kalknma Partisi (AKP), authoritarianism, leadership, COMPETITIVE AUTHORITARIANISM, LATIN-AMERICA, PARTY SYSTEM, GEZI PARK, TURKEY, DEMOCRACY, HEGEMONY, LEGITIMACY, ELECTIONS, IDEOLOGY
  • Ankara Haci Bayram Veli University Affiliated: No


It goes without saying that Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoan has put his mark on the last 14 years of Turkish politics. The main argument of this study is that the case of Recep Tayyip Erdoan provides an illustrative example to make sense of populism as a medium of mass mobilization. Furthermore, it is argued that Erdoan's leadership can be best understood by taking into account how he manages political crises. Accordingly, through the examples of 2007, 2013 and 2016, which mark critical periods in Turkish politics, the article attempts to highlight the major characteristics of Erdoan's populist leadership.