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Turkey in Transition: The Dynamics of Domestic and Foreign Politics

Gürkan Çelik and Ronald H. Linden, editors
Turkey in Transition: The Dynamics of Domestic and Foreign Politics
ISBN: 978-1-62637-827-8
ISBN: 978-1-63637-846-9
2020/311 pages/LC: 2019018834
"This new edited volume stands out with its broad range of topics analyzed and its meticulous attempt to comprehend Turkey under the concentration of power in the hands of President Erdogan.... A valuable the comprehension of Turkey's ongoing transformation." —Canan Aslan Akman, Democratization

"Very timely and comprehensive."—Choice

"This major contribution helps the reader to sort out the confusion around contemporary Turkish politics and society. It is full of invaluable insights and solid empirical analyses of Erdoğan’s 'New Turkey.'" —M. Hakan Yavuz, University of Utah

"Provides an expansive, yet nuanced, explanation for Erdoğan's heavy hand in guiding Turkey through these turbulent times." —Gregory D. Young, University of Colorado, Boulder


The ongoing turbulence in Turkey's domestic and international politics raises a number of crucial questions. What explains the movement toward one-party, and even one-person, rule? What role does Islam play in the ideology and policies of the ruling party and its leader, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan? Is the country's long commitment to secular rule a thing of the past—and if so, with what consequences for Turkish society? What is Turkey's likely international role in the Middle East and beyond?

These are among the key issues addressed in this comprehensive analysis of the actors and factors driving recent developments in Turkish politics at home and abroad.


Gürkan Çelik is director of Ronald H. Linden is professor emeritus of political science at the University of Pittsburgh.


  • Turkey at a Turbulent Time—R.H. Linden and G. Çelik.
  • Domestic Politics in the AKP Era—G. Çelik.
  • Gains and Strains in the Economy—G. Çelik and E. Aktas.
  • The Geopolitics of Energy—M. Demir.
  • Militarization of the Kurdish Issue—J. Jongerden.
  • The Diyanet and the Changing Politics of Religion—N. Landman.
  • The Fragmentation of Civil Society—G. Çelik and P. Dekker.
  • Women in the "New" Turkey—J. White.
  • Changes and Dangers in Turkey’s World—R.H. Linden.
  • Erdoğan’s Foreign Policy: The Role of Personality and Identity—H.J. Barkey.
  • The Crisis in US-Turkish Relations—A. Stein.
  • Turkey in the Middle East—B. Park.
  • Russian-Turkish Relations at a Volatile Time—J. Van Bladel.
  • Turkey and Europe: Alternative Scenarios—H.-L. Hauge, F. Tekin, and W. Wessels.
  • Eurocentrism in Migration Policy—J. Tolay.
  • Transition to What?—the Editors.
  • Chronology of Key Events in the History of Modern Turkey.