Between technocracy, reason, and furor: Turkish opposition, the CHP, and anti-populist styles

Gürpınar D.

TURKISH STUDIES, 2022 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/14683849.2021.2018653
  • Title of Journal : TURKISH STUDIES
  • Keywords: Turkish Politics, populism, islamism, democratization, neoliberalism, technocracy, PARTY, POLITICS, AKP


This article aims to demonstrate the tension inherent within the Turkish opposition between those favoring technocratic anti-populism and/or pragmatic politics and those calling for a passionate and resolute anti-AKP platform seeking revenge. These competing inclinations offer alternate anti-populist platforms and 'styles.' The article asks whehter opposition to a populist regime inherently generates an anti-populist platform that ideologically confronts it. The article examines three contenders to President Erdogan as representatives of three alternative anti-populist styles. It also reflects on the debates among various public intellectuals around the ways to electorally defeat populism.