Süleyman Şah University
Department of Political Science and Public Administration
Contemporary Turkish Political Life (POL301)
Fall 2015- Course Syllabus
Time: Monday 9:00-12:00, Classroom:
Instructor:
Department of Political Science and Public Administration
Süleyman Şah University
Leyla Dumankaya Campus- Istanbul, TURKEY
Office : +90 216 517 46 62
Fax
: +90 216 517 33 57
Email : [email protected]
Office No: B 216
Office Hours: Monday, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Course Description and Objectives: _______________________________________________
The central objective is to make students familiar with the major political developments, issues
and debates in contemporary Turkish politics (i.e. since the early 1960s). Mapping out the forces
of change and continuity in Turkish politics will offer a conceptual and theoretical assessment of
the features of contemporary Turkish political life. Such a pursuit requires the historical
trajectory in question through surveying major debates (i.e. democratization, role of the military
in politics, Turkish Right/Left and state-society relations).
Course Requirements and Grading: ______________________________________________
All students must complete the readings by the date for which they are assigned, attend classes
regularly and participate in class discussions actively. Grades will be based on:
a) One midterm exam (20 %)
b) Class Participation (10 %)
c) Term Paper (30 %)
d) Final Exam (40 %)
There will be one mid-term exam (30 percent) and one final exam (40 percent). At the end of the
semester, each student is required to submit a paper on a subject covered in the course.
Guidelines for term papers will be delivered soon.
Course Policies: ______________________________________________________________
 The university is strict on plagiarism, which is regarded as the violation of academic
honesty. Be aware that such acts would result in disciplinary action. For more on this, see
the Suleyman Sah Student Disciplinary Rules and Regulation,
http://www.ssu.edu.tr/uploads/DISIPLINYONETMELIGI_TxztTCaL.pdf
 Teaching medium at Suleyman Sah University is English. Thus, students are required to
speak in English in class.
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Course Readings: ______________________________________________________________
 There will NOT be any required textbook for this course. However, there will be a course
pack composed of numerous journal articles, book chapters to read and discuss.
 As you see below, there are two types of readings: required and suggested. It is
significant that you read the required material. Do not worry if you do not have enough
time to read the suggested readings. Suggested readings will be incorporated into the
class discussions.
READING SCHEDULE
Week 1 Class Meeting and Course Info
Week 2 Historical Roots
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Heper, Metin. 1985. The State Tradition in Turkey. Washington: The Eothen Press.
(Chapter 1: Introduction, pp. 1-20; Chapter 2: The Ottoman Legacy, pp 21-48).
Mardin, Şerif. 1973. “Center-Periphery Relations: A Key to Turkish Politics?”
Daedalus, 102(1): 169-90.
Week 3 From The First Military Intervention to the Politics Of Radicalism, (1960-1980)
 Ahmad, Feroz. 1977. The Turkish Experiment in Democracy, (CH 7: The Failure
of Tutelary Democracy,1961-1971, pp.185-191).
 Zürcher, Erik J. 2004. Turkey: A Modern History. (London, New York: I. B. Tauris), (CH
14: “The Second Turkish Republic, 1960-1980, pp. 241-277).
Week 4-5 Political Parties
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Tachau, Frank. 1991. “The Republican Peoples Party, 1945-1980” in M. Heper (ed)
Political Parties and Democracy in Turkey, pp 107-115.
Toprak, Binnaz 1987. ” The Religious Right” in I.C Shick and E.A. Tonak (eds) Turkey
in Transition: New Perspectives, pp.218-35
Ağaoğullari, M. Ali. 1987. “The Ultra-Nationalist Right”, in I. C. Shick and E. A. Tonak
(eds.), Turkey in Transition: New Perspectives, pp. 177-217.
Belge, Murat. 1987. “The Left” I. C. Shick and E. A. Tonak (eds.), Turkey in Transition
New Perspectives, pp. 147-76.
Levi, Avner. 1991. “The Justice Party,1961-1980” in Political Parties and Democracy in
Turkey, pp. 134-151.
Week 6 Polarization
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Karpat, Kemal. 1988. “Military Interventions: Army-Civilian Relations in Turkey before
and after 1980”, in M. Heper & A. Evin, State, Democracy and the Military in Turkey in
the 1980s, pp. 137-58. soft
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[Documentary: “12 Eylül”]
Week 7 1980: A Moderate or Fundamental Shift in Political System?
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Yalman, Galip. “The Turkish state and bourgeoisie in historical perspective: a relativist
paradigm or a panoply of hegemonic strategies?.” The Politics of Permanent Crisis:
Class, Ideology and State in Turkey (2002): 21-54.
Week 8 Civil Military Relations Since 1980
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Zürcher, Erik J. 2004. “The Third Republic: Turkey since 1980,” In Turkey: A Modern
History. (London, New York: I. B. Tauris), pp. 292-229
Karpat, Kemal H. 1988. “Military Interventions: Army-Civilian Relations in Turkey
Before and After 1980.” In Metin Heper and Ahmet Evin (eds.) State, Democracy and
the Military: Turkey in the 1980s. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, pp. 137-158.
Sakallioğlu, Ümit Cizre. “The anatomy of the Turkish military's political autonomy.”
Comparative politics (1997): 151-166.
Week 9 Post 1980 Political Parties
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Turan, İlter 1988. “Political Parties and the Party System in Post-1983 Turkey,” in: M.
Heper and A. Evin (eds) State, Democracy and the Military: Turkey in the 1980s. Berlin
and New York: Walter de Gruyter. pp.63-80.
Ergüder, Ü. 1991. “The Motherland Party, 1983-1989”, in M. Heper and J. Landau (eds.),
Political Parties and Democracy in Turkey, London: İ. B. Tauris, 152-69.
Week 10 Kurdish Issue: Historical Context/Today
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Bozarslan, Hamit. “Kurds and the Turkish state.” The Cambridge History of Turkey 4
(2008): 333-356.”
Nicole Watts, “Institutionalizing Virtual Kurdistan West”, Joel Migdal, Boundaries and
Belonging, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2004, 121-147.
Yavuz, M. Hakan. 2001. “Five Stages of the Construction of Kurdish Nationalism in
Turkey.” Nationalism and Ethnic Politics 7(3): 1-24.
Week 11 Political Islam: Historical Context
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Buğra Ayşe “Political Islam in Turkey in historical Context: Strengths and Weaknesses”
The Politics of Permanent Crisis: Class, Ideology and State in Turkey (2002): 107-144.
Yıldız, Ahmet. 2003. “Politico-Religious Discourses of Political Islam in Turkey: The
Parties of National Outlook.” The Muslim World 93(2):187-209.
Ilkay Sunar and Binnaz Toprak. 1983. “Islam in Politics: The Case of Turkey”
Government and Opposition 18(4): 421-441.
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Week 12 The Justice and Development Party
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Taskin, Yuksel. 2008. “AKP’s Move to “Conquer” the Center-Right: Its Prospects and
Possible Impacts on Democratization Process.” Turkish Studies 9(1): 53-72.
Öniş, Ziya. 2009. “Conservative Globalism at the Crossroads: The Justice and
Development Party and the Thorny Path to Democratic Consolidation in Turkey,”
Mediterranean Politics 14(1): 21-40.
Week 13 Women: The Intersecting Group of Turkish Politics
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Ayata, Ayşe Gunes, and Fatma Tütüncü. “Party Politics of the AKP (2002–2007) and the
Predicaments of Women at the Intersection of the Westernist, Islamist and Feminist
Discourses in Turkey” British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies 35.3 (2008): 363-384.
Kandiyoti, Deniz. “End of empire: Islam, nationalism and women in Turkey.” Feminist
postcolonial theory: A reader (2003): 263-284.
Week 14 Student Presentations
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