The Impact of Political Manipulation (Heresthetics) on Democracy in Turkey

By Özlem Becerik Yoldaş and Yunus Yoldaş.

Published by The International Journal of Civic, Political, and Community Studies

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The Turkish society is undergoing a rapid transformation in the 21st century. In this turbulent period, the vast transformations have profoundly influenced Turkey’s politics and democratization process. The struggle for political power and the lobbying efforts of political leaders and elites or pressure groups on public opinion have to be analyzed within the framework of the phenomena of political manipulation. This article focuses on political manipulation (heresthetics) and draws on the American political scientist William H. Riker’s theory of heresthetics. In doing so, the article examines how political manipulation is affecting the democratic progress in Turkey and how political elites, political institutions and the social environment are differentiated in the political process.

Keywords: Turkey, Democracy, Political Manipulation, Heresthetics, Political Elites

The International Journal of Civic, Political, and Community Studies, Volume 13, Issue 2, June 2015, pp.13-20. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: January 16, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 427.097KB)).

Dr. Özlem Becerik Yoldaş

Lecturer, Department of Public Administration, Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Çanakkale, Turkey

Özlem Becerik Yoldaş has been employed as a lecturer at Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Department of Public Administration since 2006. She studied journalism and communication sciences and political sciences at the University of Vienna and earned her Master's degree from the University of Vienna. She also obtained her PhD degree in political sciences from the University of Vienna in 2013. Her research interests include political culture, comparative politics, political theories, journalism, and communication. She is the author of one book and many articles.

Dr. Yunus Yoldaş

Associate Professor, Biga Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Department of International Relations, Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Canakkale, Turkey

Yunus Yoldaş is currently employed as an Associate Professor at Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Biga Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Department of International Relations. He studied political science at the University of Vienna and obtained his Master's degree and Ph.D. in political sciences from the University of Vienna. He is the author of four books and many articles. His research interests are political system, political life, political ethics, and systems theory.