Turkey Under Erdogan How a Country Turned from Democracy and the West Dimitar Bechev

Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
22 Feb 2022
ISBN:
9780300247886
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
320 pages: 235 x 156mm
Sales territories:
World

An incisive account of Erdoğan’s Turkey – showing how its troubling transformation may be short-lived

Since coming to power in 2002 Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has overseen a radical transformation of Turkey. Once a pillar of the Western alliance, the country has embarked on a militaristic foreign policy, intervening in regional flashpoints from Nagorno-Karabakh to Libya. And its democracy, sustained by the aspiration to join the European Union, has given way to one-man rule.
 
Dimitar Bechev traces the political trajectory of Erdoğan’s populist regime, from the era of reform and prosperity in the 2000s to the effects of the war in neighboring Syria. In a tale of missed opportunities, Bechev explores how Turkey parted ways with the United States and Europe, embraced Putin’s Russia and other revisionist powers, and replaced a frail democratic regime with an authoritarian one. Despite this, he argues that Turkey’s democratic instincts are resilient, its economic ties to Europe are as strong as ever, and Erdoğan will fail to achieve a fully autocratic regime.

Dimitar Bechev is Lecturer at the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies (OSGA), University of Oxford. He is the author of Rival Power: Russia in Southeast Europe and coeditor of Russia Rising: Putin’s Foreign Policy in the Middle East and North Africa.