Firat Cengiz

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    The EU policymaking paradox: Citizen participation is a must, but the shaping of policies has become too technical

The EU policymaking paradox: Citizen participation is a must, but the shaping of policies has become too technical

Criticism related to the EU’s democratic deficit became more prominent in the aftermath of the financial crisis. According to Firat Cengiz, it is crucial for European citizens to become more involved in policymaking processes if this deficit is to be overcome. However, she points at an inherent problem affecting areas such as competition policy, where the increasing prominence of overly technical language has […]

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    Turkish elections: Why Turkey’s opposition should remain hopeful despite Erdoğan’s victory

Turkish elections: Why Turkey’s opposition should remain hopeful despite Erdoğan’s victory

Turkey held a parliamentary election on 1 November, with the Justice and Development Party (AKP) founded by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan winning back the absolute majority of seats in parliament that it had lost in elections earlier this year. Firat Cengiz writes that while the results appear a substantial blow for the Turkish opposition, there remain reasons for […]

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    Success for the pro-Kurdish HDP in Turkey’s general election could reshape the country’s politics

Success for the pro-Kurdish HDP in Turkey’s general election could reshape the country’s politics

Turkey will hold a general election on 7 June. Firat Cengiz previews the election, noting that while the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is likely to win the most votes, it is unlikely the AKP will secure enough support to allow Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to enhance the powers of the presidency. She argues that a key […]

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    Despite winning Turkey’s presidential election, Erdoğan could find himself marginalised by the presidency’s limited powers

Despite winning Turkey’s presidential election, Erdoğan could find himself marginalised by the presidency’s limited powers

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan won Turkey’s presidential election on 10 August, becoming the first directly elected President in the country’s history. Firat Cengiz writes that while Erdoğan’s ultimate aim is to establish a presidential system in Turkey, his strategy rests on securing an increase in support for his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) at the 2015 parliamentary elections. She […]

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    Turkey’s growing civil unrest shows that citizens are prepared to defend democracy, with or without help from the EU

Turkey’s growing civil unrest shows that citizens are prepared to defend democracy, with or without help from the EU

Turkish police used tear gas to disperse protesters in Istanbul and Ankara on 31 May, following demonstrations held on the first anniversary of the anti-government Gezi Park protests which began last year. Firat Cengiz writes on the country’s increasingly tense political situation, which was also exacerbated by unrest over the recent mine disaster at Soma. She argues that while […]

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The EU’s fading influence over Turkey is weakening the country’s democratic reform processes.

The EU and Turkey have been in dialogue over the country’s potential accession since the 1980s. As Firat Cengiz notes, however, the EU’s influence has diminished following the accession of Cyprus in 2004, and the on-going Eurozone crisis. She argues that fading EU influence is weakening current reform processes aimed at drafting a new constitution and recognising the cultural and […]

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