The decline of the military's political influence in Turkey

Mohammed, Anwaar (2015). The decline of the military's political influence in Turkey. University of Birmingham. M.Phil.

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The political role of Turkey’s military has been declining with the strengthening of the civilian institutions and the introduction of new political factors. Turkey’s political atmosphere has changed towards civilian control of the military. The research focuses on analysing the various political factors and their impact on the political role of the military. The military’s loss of political influence in handling political challenges will be assessed against the effectiveness of the military’s political ideology. The shift in civil-military relations will be detected through the AKP’s successful political economy and popular mandate. The EU as an external factor in dismantling the military’s political prerogatives will be assessed. Greece’s route toward democratization of its civil-military relations compared to Turkey. The fair implementation of the rule of law will be analysed by looking at how the AKP dealt with the corruption cases against its own ministers and how it dealt with the military in the Ergenekon and Sledgehammer cases. In showing how the AKP has definitively overpowered the military but has politicized the democratic institution of the rule of law in the process. Upon completion of the research one will put forward the results to what extent the military’s political influence has declined.

Type of Work: Thesis (Masters by Research > M.Phil.)
Award Type: Masters by Research > M.Phil.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law
School or Department: School of History and Cultures, Department of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology (CAHA)
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DE The Mediterranean Region. The Greco-Roman World
J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia


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