Turkey’s republican people’s party (CHP): a longue durée analysis

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2022-09-14
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Turkish Studies
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1743-9663
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Routledge
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24
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2
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205 - 230
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English
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Article
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This article employs regressive and spatial analyses to understand the correlates of the CHP’s electoral support from the first competitive elections in 1950 to the present. We find that despite some continuities in its constituency, the CHP’s voter base has changed significantly with regards to key political and social dynamics such as the Kurdish vote, effective number of parties, and urbanization. The findings give credence to the role of political leadership as well as the evolutionary capability of the party, both of which can have important implications regarding the future electoral trajectory of the party and of Turkey’s political regime.

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Republican people’s party (CHP), Turkish politics, Political parties, Democratization, Center–periphery cleavage, Secular-religious cleavage
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